Meridian Hill Park Being Built

Meridian Hill Park was largely the vision of Mary Foote Henderson. So, we have her to thank for the great park sitting at the crest of 16th and Euclid with a sweeping view of the city. It’s one of the best views in the city and one of the few “hills” in the city (I don’t know if it really counts as a hill … it’s kind of a joke compared to San Francisco or Seattle).

Here are some photos that we found at the Library of Congress showing the park being built. Pretty cool photos, because we’ve never seen these.

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Meridian Hill Park - east side of 16th St. NW
Meridian Hill Park – east side of 16th St. NW
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Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park
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Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park

Source: Library of Congress

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  • Darian Smith

    Why was the park built?

    • Steve in DC

      Around 1900 the “City Beautiful” movement was up and running in many US cities. In 1901 the Senate “McMillan Commission” undertook a number of civic changes in DC … creating the Mall as we know it, and planning some parks around the city for the residents. Meridian Hill’s site was chosen for its location and view. It was officially created in 1910 and dedicated in 1936. And BTW … most of its serious construction took place in the teens and twenties.

      • Steve in DC

        And yes… Mary Henderson had a major hand in It. She had big plans for Meridian Hill, and Meridian Hill Park. … And she had powerful friends in Congress.

    • Popeye D. Saylorman

      Henderson owned the land, she made the proposal for the park and Mayor Marion Barry approved it.

  • Jason

    Unfortunately, are there no dates for when from which these photos date?

    The Wiki source is imprecise: “The park was designed and built between 1912 and 1940.”