— Columbia Heights Heritage Trail - 16 —On your right is Josephine Butler Parks Center, home of Washington Parks & People, a network of groups devoted to DC and its parks. The network's 1927 mansion, which once housed the Hungarian delegation, was part of an embassy row envisioned by Mary Foote Henderson for this area. Henderson built a "castle" across 16th street for her family, and commissioned important architects to create an enclave worthy of important residents. Meridian Hill Park was also a result of her influence.In the 1980s, the park (by then also called Malcolm X Park) had become forbidding and dangerous, and the mansion was vacant. Then Friends of Meridian Hill came together in 1990. By the end of the decade, when Parks & People bought the mansion, the park again thrived. The first phase of the National Park Service's restoration of the park to its original design was completed in 2009.
|Placed By||Cultural Heritage DC|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:57pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 323569 N 4310139|
|Decimal Degrees||38.92245000, -77.03518333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 55.347', W 77° 2.111'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 55' 20.82" N, 77° 2' 6.66" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2437 15th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US|
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