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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Landscape Architecture Month - Showcase
Meridian Hill 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 the DC Historic Preservation Office

Meridian Hill Park

Washington, DC

Reference Number: 74000273 (Designated National Historic Landmark in 1994)

Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C. was established by an Act of Congress in 1910 and built out over the next 25 years.  It is an exceptional American urban park designed in a neo-Classical style, inspired by Italian Renaissance garden design and executed by architect Horace Peaslee, landscape architects George Burnap and Ferrucio Vitale, and designer and contractor, John J. Earley.   The parkis set on a steep slope and faces south with distant views to the city and beyond.  A large cascading water fountain and a series of terraces take advantage of the topography, while large structured terraces provide viewing platforms, and sizeable retaining walls allow for the creation of flat esplanades with decorative pavements and reflective pools.  The park is symmetrically arranged and organized around its strong central axis.  Meridian Hill Park is listed in the NR and is an NHL. 

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