Art for the People

Art for the People (HM178W)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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N 38° 55.292', W 77° 2.173'

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— Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark —

Congress ordered sculptures installed at Meridian Hill Park long before the park's completion. So many sculptures were authorized that Horace Peaslee, the park's architect, called for a moratorium on installations. He told the Commission of the Fine Arts that the park's master plan was in jeopardy unless future memorials were restricted to decorative urns designed for that purpose.

Nature, vandals, and thieves have long threatened the park's public art. For years, Joan of Arc did not wield her sword. Serenity lost her nose, a toe, and a hand. The Armillary Sphere, which was once located south of the reflecting pool beyond cascades, was removed after it was vandalized.
HM NumberHM178W
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 4:33pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323477 N 4310040
Decimal Degrees38.92153333, -77.03621667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.292', W 77° 2.173'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 17.52" N, 77° 2' 10.38" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2401 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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