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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Landscape Architecture Month - Showcase
Arlington Ridge Park

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

National Register coordinators were invited to submit images of designed landscaes listed in the National Register that they think are among the best in their state.

Bartlett, Samuel L., House
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Photograph courtesy of Virginia State Historic Preservation Office

Arlington Ridge Park

Arlington, Virginia

Reference Number: 09000688

 Landscape Architects: Horace Peaslee, Markley Stevenson; Sculptor: Felix Weihs de Weldon; Netherlands Carillon Architect: Joost W. C. Boks in association with W. Eykelenboom and A. Middelhoel; Carillon Sculptor: Paul Philip Koning 

Part of Arlington Ridge Park, the Carillon was a gift from the Kingdom of Netherlands to the United States commemorating the liberation of the Netherlands and success of the Marshall plan. The site incorporates a modernist 1960 Carillon and sculpture with ten-thousand tulip bulbs, an additional gift from the people of the Netherlands, added in 1964 as part of the Beautification Program of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, initiated by the First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson.  The bulbs were arranged in six curving beds along paths in front of the carillon that, when seen from the carillon tower, resemble the shape of two musical notes.  A Tulip Library, designed in 1970, occupies the circular bed that lies directly in front of the tower and forms the centerpiece of the flowerbed composition.  National Capital Parks landscape architects prepared the tree-planting plan in the early 1960s.

There are some NPS plans graphics for Arlington Ridge Park at 
http://www.nps.gov/cultural_landscapes/snp/600288.html

 

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