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Downtown, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
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November 4, 2019
"In Service"
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "In Service" — Lead Artist: Addison Karl. 2019.
This mural is dedicated to the members of the armed services of the United States who have defended the cause of freedom at home and abroad against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The installation of this mural was made possible through . . . — Map (db m142191) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "The Bachelor" — circa 1904
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "The First of Patriots - The Best of Men" — National Mall and Memorial Parks — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Commodore John Barry (1745-1803) was born in County Wexford, Ireland, but by age 15 called Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. He commanded several Continental Navy ships during the Revolutionary War and won decisive victories over the British. In . . . — Map (db m55504) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "The Seven Buildings" — Erected c. 1795
The Embassy of Mexico incorporates the two surviving facades of a set of seven row houses known as “The Seven Buildings”. This complex has an intimate relationship with American history, and the government of Mexico is proud to honor and . . . — Map (db m89348) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — “Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!” — Farragut Square, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
With these legendary words, naval officer David G. Farragut led the Union fleet past Confederate mines (then called torpedoes) and to victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. From the rigging of his flagship, USS Hartford, . . . — Map (db m4104) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Hurrah! — Karol Murlak with Danielle Begnaud, Katarzyna Michnowska, and Marzena Krupa — 2019 • Stainless steel —
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, and the Polish Cultural Institute present Hurrah!, a celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the diplomatic relations between . . . — Map (db m144515) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — A Fortress of Finance: The US Treasury Building — The White House — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972, the US Treasury Building is the oldest departmental building in Washington. The building serves as the headquarters of the Treasury Department. Treasury's responsibilities encompass revenue collection, . . . — Map (db m100443) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Albert Gallatin
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Graham Bell
From the top floor of this building was sent on June 3, 1880 over a beam of light to 1325 L Street, the first wireless telephone message in the history of the world. The apparatus used in sending the message was the photophone invented by Alexander . . . — Map (db m17569) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Hamilton Memorial
[ on the front (south face) of pedestal :] Alexander Hamilton 1757-1804 First Secretary of the Treasury Soldier, Orator, Statesman Champion of Constitutional Union, Representative Government and National Integrity . . . — Map (db m32740) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.3 — Asbury United Methodist Church — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
"...watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen... ...teach them to your children and to their children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4:9 Stories . . . — Map (db m70316) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.3 — Asbury United Methodist Church — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
"...watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen... ...teach them to your children and to their children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4:19 Stories . . . — Map (db m143564) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Ashburton House
Ashburton House has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1974 National Park Service United States . . . — Map (db m4082) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Baron von Steuben Memorial — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District —
[north face :] Erected by the Congress of the United States to Frederick William Aug- ustus Henry Ferdinand Baron von Steuben in grateful recognition of his services to the American people in their struggle for . . . — Map (db m32878) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Blanche K. Bruce House
Blanche K. Bruce House has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1977 National Park Service United States Department of the . . . — Map (db m99178) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Boy Scout Memorial
The two symbolic figures represent the sum of the great ideals of past civilizations, developed through the centuries and now at best is delivered by American manhood and womanhood to the present generation. The Boy Scout, aware of his . . . — Map (db m7970) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Bulfinch Gate House
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Bulfinch Gate House
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
700 Jackson Place has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America National Park Service 1974 From 1910 to 1948 it served as the first . . . — Map (db m32879) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Decatur House
Decatur House Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of . . . — Map (db m31101) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Discover DC / McPherson Square
Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see. You will enjoy visiting the following sites located in the vicinity of this sign. St. John's Church Every US president since James Madison . . . — Map (db m112204) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Downtown Washington, 1801
This painting is based on the little-known 1801 watercolor "President House" by J. Benford, part of The White House art collection. Some art historians claim the large building on the right is not the White House, but Blodgett's Hotel, which . . . — Map (db m120236) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building — The White House — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
First known as the State, War, and Navy Department Building (built 1871-1888), the Eisenhower Executive Office Building was rededicated in 2002 to honor former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who worked here between 1927 and 1935 for Generals . . . — Map (db m100415) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Edward R. Murrow
This park dedicated April 25, 1979 to Edward R. Murrow 1908-1965 Reporter and Broadcaster Director, U.S. Information Agency 1961-1963 Who gave his profession a standard of excellence and whose clarity, humanity and courage helped his country . . . — Map (db m96444) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 5850-2019 — Elizabeth Keckley — 1818 - 1907
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907), born into slavery in Virginia, was hired out as a seamstress. With money from clients, she bought her own and her son's freedom in 1855. She gained renown as a dressmaker after moving to Washington, where First . . . — Map (db m141279) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Executive Office Building
Originally State, War, and Navy Departments Constructed 1871-1888 South Wing Ground broken June 1871 Completed December 1875 East Wing Ground broken July 1872 Completed April 1879 North Wing Ground broken July 1879 Completed December 1882 West . . . — Map (db m71253) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — First Division War Memorial
[Inscriptions on the original memorial (1924)] First Division, United States Army, American Expeditionary Forces, June 1917 - September 1919. Erected by the memorial association of the First Division and patriotic friends to . . . — Map (db m17629) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — First Home of the Reserve Officers Association
From 1924 to 1938, rooms of the Lee House were the first headquarters of the reserve officers association of the United States. Founded in 1922 by General of the Armies John J. Pershing to assure an adequate national security, ROA had as an early . . . — Map (db m4052) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Fleeing the Executive Mansion — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
On August 24, 1814, President James Madison rode out to Bladensburg, Maryland, to observe the state of the American troops defending the nation's capital. U.S. General William Winder, now sure of the direction of the British approach, marched . . . — Map (db m87590) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Francis Preston Blair
This plaque marks the home of Francis Preston Blair (1791-1876) Founder and Editor of The Globe (1830-1845) A newspaper which championed Democratic causes and vigorous journalism notably during the administration of President Andrew Jackson . . . — Map (db m4047) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.2 — Franklin Square — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
"going into the country" This urban oasis exists because President Andrew Jackson needed water. The site of excellent springs (a rare commodity in the early city when everyone was dependent on private wells), this square was purchased . . . — Map (db m29594) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Freedman’s Savings And Trust
On this site stood the principal office of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company founded on March 3, 1865 to receive deposits from former slaves. Frederick Douglass served as its last president. The bank was closed on June 29, 1874. The building . . . — Map (db m32482) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — General Comte Jean de Rochambeau Memorial — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District —
[front, south face:] Rochambeau [back, north face:] "We have been contemporaries and fellow labourers in the cause of liberty, and we have lived together as brothers should do, in harmonious friendship," . . . — Map (db m32973) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — General Lafayette and his Compatriots — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District —
[north face:] To General Lafayette and his Compatriots 1777 - 1783 [south face:] By the Congress in commemoration of the services rendered by General Lafayette and his Compatriots during the struggle . . . — Map (db m32245) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Growing here — 19th Street Rain Gardens — Gold is Green —
The seed of the Swamp Milkweed contains buoyant white tufts, effective for seed dispersal and once used for pillows and life-jackets during WWII. — Map (db m144512) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Growing here — 19th Street Rain Gardens — Gold is Green —
European explorers were so enamored by the Cardinal Flower that it quickly made its way from the US and Canada to European gardens by the 1630s. — Map (db m144514) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 326 — Historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
This church, one of the Nation’s most historic, traces its beginnings to a small group of Scottish stonemasons meeting in a carpenter’s shop on the grounds of the White House during its construction in 1793. Many prominent Americans, including 17 . . . — Map (db m122257) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Home of James Monroe
Built in 1802 This house was the home of James Monroe Lieutenant-Colonel in the American Revolution While Secretary of State and of War under Madison, and for the first six months of his administration as fifth President of the United . . . — Map (db m97526) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 2 — HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulier) (based Oakland, CA) — Golden Spike 2015 — powder-coated steel, LED lighting, and wood; Courtesy of the artists —
In their work, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, the artist duo behind the art and design studio HYBYCOZO, investigate the influences of geometry on human evolution. Their works explore the connections between contemporary physics and ancient . . . — Map (db m115904) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — In Honor of Leslie Coffelt
White House policeman who gave his life in defense of the President of the United States here at the Blair House, November 1, 1950 "For loyalty, bravery and heroism beyond the call of duty." Presented by National Sojourners in commemoration of his . . . — Map (db m73876) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 6 — Jack Champion (based Oakland, CA) — Untitled 2017 — bronze, Courtesy of the artist —
In 2016, Jack Champion brought his first solo artwork to the playa at Burning Man: a group of five resin crows collectively called Murder. Champion later cast this pair of sturdier, oversized bronze birds in the image of the originals. . . . — Map (db m115595) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
When the historic character of Lafayette Square was severely threatened during her husband’s administration, it was preserved with the vision and dedicated efforts of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. This view from Decatur House is dedicated to . . . — Map (db m32135) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — John Barry Memorial
John • Barry, Commodore • United States Navy Born County Wexford • Ireland • 1745 Died in Philadelphia • 1805 — Map (db m19533) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — John Saul
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 5850-2019 — Josephine Butler — 1920 - 1997
Josephine Butler (1920-1997) was a tireless and dedicated community activist. As a young woman she organized the first union of black female laundry workers in DC and the country. In the 1950s Butler shepherded the Adams and Morgan elementary . . . — Map (db m141278) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 5 — Kate Raudenbusch (based New York, NY) — Future's Past 2010 — laser cut steel, light, and hourglass; Courtesy of the artist —
Kate Raudenbush is a self-taught, Burning Man-bred sculptor, known for her large-scale, geometric works. Her immersive, experiential environments are spaces for exploration, human connection, and intellectual curiosity—even sacred—works . . . — Map (db m115594) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 5850-2019 — Katharine Graham — 1912 - 2001
Katharine Meyer Graham (1917-2001) worked at the Washington Post as a young woman, after her father, Eugene Meyer, bought the paper in 1933. Meyer made Katharine Graham's husband, Philip Graham, the Post's publisher, but she took over the job after . . . — Map (db m141280) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Kosciuszko
(Front):Kosciuszko Saratoga(Right): General Thaddeus Kosciuszko 1745-1817 Son of Poland (Left):Military Engineer In the American Revolution Fortified Saratoga and West Point (Back):"And freedom shrieked as Kosciuszko . . . — Map (db m19992) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 3 — Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schombert (based San Francisco, CA) — XOXO 2017 — steel & LEDs, Courtesy of the Artist —
Kimpton is best known for her monumental word sculptures, which she has been bringing to Burning Man since 2009. Kimpton often covers these works with laser-cut birds, a motif she uses to represent freedom from the weight of our words and thoughts. . . . — Map (db m115581) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Linotype Model 31 — Line-Casting Machine
The Linotype was introduced in Baltimore in 1883 by Ottmar Mergenthaler, a German-born inventor. By replacing hand-set type with machine-set type, the speed of composition was vastly increased by this important advance in printing. This machine . . . — Map (db m29511) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Major General James B. McPherson
(Right):Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson. Atlanta. July 22, 1864. (Left):Erected by his comrades of The Society of The Army of the Tennessee — Map (db m17534) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church — The National Cathedral of African Methodism
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was founded in the District of Columbia in 1838. It is the oldest A.M.E. church and the oldest continuously black-owned property in Washington, D.C. - the Nation's Capital. The church . . . — Map (db m18028) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church Was organized 1822, rebuilt in 1838 and completed in 1880. This site possess exceptional value in commemorating the Religious Life of the Negro in the United States of America. Designated a . . . — Map (db m10191) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Metropolitan AME Church — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 1518 M Street, NW —
This church started on Capitol Hill in 1821 as Israel Bethel, was founded by African Americans denouncing White racism at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. Later, Pastor Henry McNeal Turner helped persuade President Lincoln to accept Black . . . — Map (db m30056) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 1 — Mischell Riley (based in Carson City, NV) — Maya's Mind 2017 — cement —
Mischell Riley brought Maya's Mind to Burning Man in 2017; this work followed a ten-foot-tall bust of Leonardo da Vinci that she created for the event in 2016. With their rugged finishes, Riley's works blend with the dusty surrounds of . . . — Map (db m115322) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Morrison-Clark Inn — [former Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen’s Club] —
1864 David L. Morrison was a developer who sold flour and feed to the U.S. government during the Civil War. Reuben B. Clark made land investments, owned a grocery store, and served as Washington, D.C.’s jail commissioner. 1917 M. Frank . . . — Map (db m32827) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 4 — Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson (based in San Francisco, CA) — Ursa Major 2016 — pennies, steel, Styrofoam, and concrete; Collection of Judy and Steven Gluckstern —
Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson met on a dance floor at Burning Man in 2008 and fell in love. Though she lived in Canada and he in the U.S., they began a long-distance romance and artistic collaboration, inspired by the DIY, can-do attitude fundamental to . . . — Map (db m115583) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.4 — New York Avenue Presbyterian Church at Herald Square — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
"The churches are needed as never before for divine services." President Abraham Lincoln So said President Lincoln from his pew in New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. While other churches were occupied by . . . — Map (db m32926) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church building occupied this site from 1871 until 1975. The first Baptist congregation in the city met here in 1802, with both white and black attending services. The "First Baptist Church" moved in 1833 and this . . . — Map (db m117616) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Nunziato DiPerna — 1891-1967
Immigrated from Sicily in 1900 Owned and Operated his restuarant at this location for 50 years His children proudly dedicate this plaque — Map (db m96301) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Original Patentees Memorial — Settlers of the District of Columbia Memorial
To the original Patentees prior to 1700 whose land grants embrace the site of the Federal City. This Monument is erected by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists, April 25, 1936. — Map (db m7971) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 3 — Power Brokers — Midcity at the Crossroads — Shaw Heritage Trail —
A post-Civil War building boom brought grand new houses to this convenient area. By 1881 Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, and Major John Wesley Powell, pioneering director of the U.S. . . . — Map (db m130887) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Renaissance Mayflower Hotel — National Register of Historic Places
This hotel opened February 18, 1925. Its first major event was the inaugural ball of President Calvin Coolidge. It has entertained every President since and has been the residence of a number of Vice Presidents, Cabinet members, Supreme Court . . . — Map (db m8955) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Renwick Gallery
Renwick Gallery has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935, This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the . . . — Map (db m73812) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Restoration of Jackson Place and Lafayette Square — White House Conference Center
[Sketch of townhouses along Jackson Place, NW - the western border of Lafayette Square - behind which the White House Conference Center was constructed in the 1960s & 70s.] Dedicated to those whose spirit and vision helped to preserve . . . — Map (db m32421) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Saint Augustine Catholic Church — Oldest Black Catholic Church in the Nation's Capital — The Site of the Original —
On Trinity Sunday, June 11, 1876 the first Black Catholic Church in Washington District of Columbia was dedicated under the patronage of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in Africa. Saint Augustine Church stood on this site until 1947. The present . . . — Map (db m29509) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Second Infantry Division Memorial
[From 1936:] The Second Division To Our Honored Dead, 1917-1919 Toulon Troyon Bois de Belleau Vaux Soissons Marache St. Mihiel Blanc Mont Meuse-Argonne The Rhine [From 1962, west inner wing:] Organized in France in . . . — Map (db m15096) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Site of Chamberlin's
The Site of Chamberlin's where The General Society Sons of the Revolution was organized April 19, 1890 — Map (db m17531) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — South Side — President's Park
1. First Division Monument This memorial honors the First Division of the United States Army Originally made to commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives during World War I, the memorial features a . . . — Map (db m130406) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — St. John's Church — Lafayette Square — Protestant Episcopal —
Every President of the United States since President James Madison has attended occasional services here. Many of them were communicants of the parish. This building was completed in 1816 from plans of Benjamin Henry Latrobe. an adjacent . . . — Map (db m39126) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — State, War, and Navy Building
State, War, and Navy Building has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the . . . — Map (db m71233) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Statler Hotel
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the 16th Street Historic District, opened as the Statler Hotel on January 18, 1943. It is one of the few major hotels in the nation built during World War II. . . . — Map (db m112202) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Bernard Baruch Bench of Inspiration
The Bernard Baruch Bench of Inspiration Dedicated in honor of Mr. Baruch's 90th Birthday -- August 1960 For his inspiring devotion to country and distinguished service to boyhood by both the National Capitol Area Council and . . . — Map (db m72951) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Blair House
National Historical Marker The Blair House Purchased in 1836 by Francis P. Blair, Sr., friend of Andrew Jackson, publisher of the Washington "Globe" and the "Congressional Globe." Inherited by his son, Montgomery Blair, Attorney for Dred Scott, . . . — Map (db m23493) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Blair House — Erected 1824
1836 home of Francis Preston Blair Editor of Globe, also of Montgomery Blair Attorney for Dred Scott, Postmaster General in the Cabinet of Abraham Lincoln. Occupied by George Bancroft, Historian. General Robert E. Lee was here offered command . . . — Map (db m113099) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes
The Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes has been designated A National Landmark listed in The National Register of Historic Places under the provisions of the Historic Act of August 1, 1935. This site possesses historic architectural . . . — Map (db m99179) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Corcoran Gallery of Art
This building was erected in 1859 for The Corcoran Gallery of Art founded by William Wilson Corcoran banker and philanthropist Designated for use of the United States Court of Claims by Act of Congress. Approved March 3, . . . — Map (db m113101) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Cosmos Club
The Cosmos Club, founded in 1878 for “The advancement of its members in science, literature, and art,” occupied several houses on Lafayette Square from 1882 to 1952 including the adjacent Madison and Tayloe Houses and this building, . . . — Map (db m2173) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Dolly Madison House
Site of dwelling house owned by Ex-President of the United States James Madison 1828 to 1836 ———— Home of his widow Mrs. Dolly Payne Madison 1837 to 1849 ———— Home of Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, . . . — Map (db m2174) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Entrance Gardens
The entrance gardens created in 1988 are a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carroll Massey Nashville, Tennessee — Map (db m113100) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 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, . . . — Map (db m91808) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Lee House — Erected 1858
Home of Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, U.S. Navy and Elizabeth Blair Lee, to whom it was given by her father, Francis Preston Blair. Admiral Lee commanded the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. Home also of their son Blair . . . — Map (db m4050) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Leonard "Bud" Doggett House — Engine Company 16 and Truck Company 3, 1018 13th Street, N.W. — First Opened December 16, 1932 —
Dedicated in memory of the Founder of HEROES Incorporated, an organization created solely for the purpose of caring for survivors of fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the Metropolitan Washington Region. . . . — Map (db m121831) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Messer Building
The original Messer Building was developed by James A. Messer and occupied a portion of this site for over half a century until 1989. The Messer family, early Scottish immigrants who settled in the District of Columbia, have left their mark as . . . — Map (db m88823) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The National Christmas Tree — President's Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
At 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse and “pushed the button” to light the first National Christmas Tree. A crowd of 3,000 witnessed the inaugural lighting of the . . . — Map (db m130403) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The National Christmas Tree — President's Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The National Christmas Tree has been located at the site in front of you since 1973. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to light the National Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve, 1923. Since that time presidents have continued the tradition in . . . — Map (db m130405) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The Tayloe House
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.5 — The United States Treasury — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
Billions for the war, and a bunker for the president The grand, pillared United States Treasury building that stands before you, its first section designed by Robert Mills in 1836, was the financial command center for the Union. It . . . — Map (db m130407) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.5 — The United States Treasury — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
Billions for the war and a bunker for the president The grand, pillared United States Treasury building that stands before you was the financial command center for the Union during the Civil War. It was here between 1861 and 1865 . . . — Map (db m130491) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — The White House — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
The White House is the oldest public building in the District of Columbia, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the most famous address in the United States. Here, every President except George Washington, has conducted the government of the Nation. . . . — Map (db m10127) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns
These five-inch brass trophy guns were captured from the Spanish Arsenal at Cavete, in the Phillipine Islands on May 1, 1898, following the defeat of the Spanish Squadron in Manila Bay by the United States Navy. Admiral Dewey, the hero of the . . . — Map (db m71257) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — United Mine Workers of America Building
United Mine Workers of America Building has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America Associated with the . . . — Map (db m19990) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — United States Department of the Treasury
United States Department of the Treasury has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in . . . — Map (db m2122) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Walter E. Washington Memorial Arch
The Honorable Walter E. Washington (1915-2003) In Tribute to the First Modern Mayor of the District of Columbia Appointed Commissioner-Mayor, 1967-73 Elected Mayor, 1974-79 A Good Friend of The George Washington University . . . — Map (db m111547) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Webster-Ashburton Treaty
Friendship between the United States and Canada was developed and strengthened by the signing of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, on August 9, 1842, in the old State Department building which stood on this site. This treaty established the north . . . — Map (db m17617) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — White House Ablaze — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
For Americans, August 24, 1814, was one of the darkest days of the War of 1812. After a victory at nearby Bladensburg, Maryland, British soldiers marched on Washington, destroying the U.S. Capitol and many other public buildings. . . . — Map (db m130366) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — White House Kitchen Garden — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
”. . . Now I shall plant, if at all, more for the public than for myself.” John Quincy Adams, diary entry for July 5, 1826, shortly before beginning the first major planting program at the White House. Massachusetts . . . — Map (db m61677) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — William Howard Taft
In Memory of Our Beloved Brother William Howard Taft Founder of The University Club of Washington DC 27th President of the United States 10th Chief Justice of the United States Rededicated by the Grand Lodge of the Free And . . . — Map (db m129557) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — William Tecumseh Sherman — 1820 - 1891
"On no earthly account will I do any act or think any thought hostile to or in defiance of the old government of the United States." Alexandria, Louisiana, January 18, 1861 "Wars legitimate object is more perfect peace." Washington, D.C., February . . . — Map (db m8350) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Wormley's Hotel Site — African American Heritage Trail — 1500 H Street, Northwest —
James Wormley (1819-1884), free-born like his parents, was one of a number of African Americans entrepreneurs with downtown hospitality and service businesses. His five-story Wormley's Hotel opened here in 1871, catering primarily to wealthy and . . . — Map (db m87577) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Zero Milestone — President's Park —
[north face:] Zero Milestone [rendering of Mercury’s winged helmet] [plaque in sidewalk below:] The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey determined the latitude, longitude and elevation of the Zero Milestone. Authorized . . . — Map (db m32486) HM

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Aug. 14, 2020