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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bulfinch Gate House

 
 
Bulfinch Gate House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
1. Bulfinch Gate House Marker
Inscription. Erected about 1828 under direction of Charles Bulfinch, Architect of the Capitol, this gate house stood until 1874 with another (now at 17th and Constitution Avenue) at the west entrance to the Capitol Grounds
 
Erected 1950 by National Capital Sesquicentenial Commission.
 
Location. 38° 53.543′ N, 77° 2.03′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW (Route 50), on the right when traveling south on 15th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Boy Scout Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Patentees Memorial (about 600 feet away); Completing the Triangle (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the Gate House facing 15th Street. Gate House is on the southwest corner of The Ellipse.
 
Regarding Bulfinch Gate House.
15th Street Bulfinch Gate House image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
2. 15th Street Bulfinch Gate House
Built in 1828, two sandstone guardians silently watched over the U.S. Capitol grounds until 1874. In 1889, this gatehouse and its twin, located on Seventeenth Street and Constitution Avenue (at the southeast corner of The Ellipse), were reconstructed in their present locations.

These houses have weathered several floods, water, and the effects of acid rain. On the southeast side are markers indicating the high-water marks during floods.
 
Also see . . .  Gatehouse Sandstone Discussion. From the Stones of our Capital publication prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey. (Submitted on April 12, 2006.) 
 
Additional keywords. Bullfinch Gatehouse
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
1881 High Water Mark image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
3. 1881 High Water Mark
On left front corner of building.
1877 High Water Mark image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
4. 1877 High Water Mark
Gate House and one of the Stone Posts image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 10, 2006
5. Gate House and one of the Stone Posts
Four stone posts were also moved from the capitol grounds with the gatehouses. Three are at corners of this intersection (the fourth corner has the gatehouse). The fourth is at 7th and Constitution.
Bulfinch Gate House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 4, 2008
6. Bulfinch Gate House
Rear of the 17th Street Bulfinch Gate House image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
7. Rear of the 17th Street Bulfinch Gate House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,759 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 12, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   5. submitted on April 14, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   6. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on April 12, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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