Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Inaugural Parade Tradition
This montage showing four presidential inaugural parades along 15th St., NW is based on artist Earl Minderman's 1980 visioning of President thomas Jefferson's inaugural parade as well as historic photos of the inauguration of Presidents Garfield, Wilson, and Reagan. At top left Jefferson, who started the inaugural parade tradition in 1805, is shown on horseback, wearing a red coat. James Garfield's 1881 parade (bottom left), the most elaborate to that time, featured 39 temporary ceremonial arches along the parade route. Woodrow Wilson's second inaugural (top right) took place in 1917. At bottom right are Nancy and Ronald Reagan in their limousine during their first inauguration, 1981.
The building most prominent in each picture is the Rhodes Tavern, which witnessed every inaugural parade from Jefferson to Reagan. Rhodes Tavern, a designated landmark, was torn down in 1984.
Montage Designer: Anne Martinez
The repairs and restoration of this call box and three others were made possible in 2009 by the Rhodes Tavern - DC Heritage Society, Joseph N. Grano, project manager, with generous contributions from local organizations and businesses, as well as individuals from around the region. Art consultant: Anne Martinez, fabrication and installation: Gelberg Signs, painting and gold leaf design:
Art on Call is sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the District Department of Transportation, and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Funding was provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Creates Public Art Program.
The 22-carat gilding of this box was made possible by a special contribution from the Old Ebbit Grill.
Location. 38° 53.891′ N, 77° 2.025′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 15th Street near G Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Webster-Ashburton Treaty (a few steps from this marker); Ballington and Maud Booth (a few steps from this marker); Melvin Jones (a few steps from this marker); William Edwin Hall 1876 - 1961 (within shouting distance of this marker); W. D. Boyce 1858 - 1929 (within shouting distance of this marker); Booker T. Washington 1856 - 1915 (within shouting distance of this marker); Albert Gallatin (within shouting distance of this marker); Millard and Linda Fuller (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.