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Meridian Hill Park

Washington, District of Columbia
County of District of Columbia.
Bounded by 16th, 15th, Euclid, and Florida Avenue, NW
National Register Number: 74000273
Resource type: District.
Property type: Landscape - park. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1994):
Meridian Hill Park is an example of Neoclassicist American design of the early 20th century, comparable to the Paseo in Kansas City and Bryant Park in New York. The park was first proposed in the 1901 McMillan Plan because of the unique situation of the site resulting from its topography and its axial relationship to the L'Enfant Plan. The subsequent design for the park features a central water staircase inspired by Italian Renaissance landscape design, while the mall in the upper park invites comparison to French Baroque landscapes.

Phase 1 of a preservation plan has been completed through an NPS line-item construction process. Repairs to decorative concrete elements and to the mechanical operations of the fountain system were included under Phase 1. Phase 2 focuses on the rehabilitation of restrooms for ADA compliance and improvements to the subsurface drainage systemlocated on the park's upper level. Proposals for sustaining the preservation treatment program for this property have been developed.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Phase 1 and Phase 2 of line item construction funding for Meridian Hill Park has been competed and/or initiated in FY 2006.

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