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”

Garfield Statue

President James A. Garfield Location: 1st and Maryland Street, S.W., on the western side of the Capitol Architect and Sculptor: John Quincy Adams Ward, Ohio Ceremony: May 12, 1887 Cost: $65,000 – Congressional appropriations of $30,000, and $35,000 from the Army of the Cumberland. The Garfield Statue was funded, approved and dedicated in 6 years … Continue reading “Garfield Statue”