16th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, USA
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Lafayette Square Washington Reviews
A picturesque and historic public park in DC Aug 12, 2015
Situated between 15th and 17th St., NW and bounded Madison Pl., NW and Jackson Pl., NW. to the east and west, respectively and by H St., NW and Pennsylvania Ave., NW to the North and South, respectively, is located Lafayette Square. Historically, it was originally President's Park and part of the White House for the President and his family to enjoy leisure time. When Pennsylvania Ave. was constructed in 1804, this square, really a park, was separated from the White House at that time and officially renamed Lafayette Square in 1824. Technically, Lafayette Square is still part of President's Park, which also includes the areas surrounding the White House and the area known as The Ellipse.
As Lafayette Square designates, it is named in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, a French General who fought on the side of the Americans in the Revolutionary War. The Park itself has a rather storied history having been used over time as an encampment in the War of 1812, a zoo, racetrack, burial ground and even a slave market. It is probably most famous today as the place of many protests and demonstrations, being ideally situated right across from the White House for maximum attention. It's a beautiful & picturesque park to walk around in or just relax and enjoy a piece of nature.
Other highlights of this park include a number of historical monuments to see. The center piece of the Park is a bronze statue of Andrew Jackson on horseback, which was erected in 1853, and apparently the first equestrian statue cast in the United States. On the southwest corner is the statue of Marquis de Lafayette (erected in 1891), for which the square is named, and three other foreign Revolutionary War heroes: the Comte de Rochambeau, a French General (erected in 1902), Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish General and military engineer (erected in 1910), and the Baron von Steuben, a Prussian General (erected in 1903). Kosciuszko is in the northwest corner, Rochambeau is in the southeast corner and von Steuben is in the northwest corner.
For more information about these statues/memorials in Lafayette Square, see the following links:
Jackson - http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000800.htm
Lafayette - http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000791.htm
Rochambeau - http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000794.htm
Kosciuszko - http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000840.htm
von Steuben - http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000830.htm
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