Visionary and Park Champion

Visionary and Park Champion (HM17FJ)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.332', W 77° 2.128'

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— Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark —

Meridian Hill Park might never have been built had it not been for the determination of Mary Foote Henderson (1846 - 1931). For 22 years, she lobbied Congress for funds to buy the land and build the park. Congress's 1910 vote to authorize construction of Meridian Hill Park is a testimony to her resolve.

Henderson's efforts in urban development weren't limited to promoting Meridian Hill Park. She engaged the services of some of the country's foremost architects for her grand schemes, including an enormous new presidential mansion and two Lincoln memorials, none of which were ever built.

Henderson had nearly a dozen elaborate residences built on 15th and 16th Streets for use as embassies and other diplomatic missions. She then planned to line 16th Street with the busts of former presidents and change the name of the street to "Avenue of the Presidents." Although she succeeded in getting the street renamed for a short time, her grand vision for 16th Street was never realized.

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HM NumberHM17FJ
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 9:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323544 N 4310112
Decimal Degrees38.92220000, -77.03546667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.332', W 77° 2.128'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 19.92" N, 77° 2' 7.68" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2464-2544 15th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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