John Ericsson

Statue: John Ericsson Location: West Potomac Park, 23rd Street and Ohio Drive, SW Sculptor: James Earle Fraser Dedication: May 29, 1926 Cost to Taxpayer: $35,000 One year after the death of John Ericsson a bill requesting $30,000 for a memorial to him was proposed in the Senate and referred to the House Library Committee. Apparently … Continue reading “John Ericsson”

Bartholdi Fountain

Bartholdi‘s Renaissance-style fountain of cast iron was first exhibited at the International Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Congress bought it a year later for $6,000. Its first location was at the base of Capitol Hill to the south of where the Grant Memorial is located. Later it was removed and stored. And in 1932 … Continue reading “Bartholdi Fountain”

John Paul Jones

Statue: John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) Location: 17th Street and Independence Avenue, NW (Potomac Park) Sculptor: Charles Niehaus, New York Architects: Carrere & Hastings Unveiling: 3:00 p.m., April 17, 1912 Cost: $50,000 John Paul Jones was a Scottish sailor and the United States’ first well-known naval fighter in the American … Continue reading “John Paul Jones”

Benjamin Bannekar Park

At the end of L’Enfant Plaza in Southwest DC you will find a park dedicated to Benjamin Bannekar, who helped L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicott map out the city of Washington. This little used, and unfortunately rather neglected, park is operated by the National Park Service.  It was constructed in 1970. In 1998, Congress passed legislation … Continue reading “Benjamin Bannekar Park”