“We’re moving the Lockkeeper’s House, the OLDEST structure on the National Mall!”

by Prince Of Petworth — December 1, 2016 at 11:10 am 7 Comments

Photo via Trust For The National Mall

Preservation for the Win Vol. 76! From The Trust for the National Mall:

“December 1, 2016 marks the groundbreaking of the relocation and restoration of the Lockeeper’s House, the oldest structure on the National Mall. For more than 180 years, the house has witnessed the history, development and commerce of our nation’s capital.

Located just inches from heavy traffic at the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the house will be lifted and moved about 20 feet from the road and outfitted with an educational exhibit space welcoming visitors to Constitution Gardens and the National Mall.”

Rendering via Trust For The National Mall

“The reimagined Constitution Gardens will retain its original purpose as a pastoral setting, but offer sustainable space for education and entertainment throughout the year, day and night. The restored space will serve as a much-needed gateway onto America’s Front Yard, orienting visitors with a welcome center and inviting spaces to relax, revive, or learn.

The Constitution Gardens site plan, designed by Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers and PWP Landscape Architecture, was chosen through a national, juried design competition. The winning designs provide state-of-the-art environmental, functional, and operational sustainability.

Recognizing the historic context of the site, the designs also offer exciting educational opportunities for students and families. Visitors will be able to reflect upon their experiences while enjoying breathtaking views of the new Constitution Gardens lake and surrounding monuments and memorials.

The new Constitution Gardens will be a smart, green space where groups can gather for a history lesson with a Park Ranger, where a couple can celebrate a special occasion, and where all visitors of the National Mall can find solace among beautiful and peaceful urban gardens.”

  • Hill Denizen

    I love running past this little house, and the entire part of the Mall. Running around that little pond, it doesn’t feels like a mini-escape, especially when there aren’t a lot of tourists around.

    • Hill Denizen

      Oh man, this is why I shouldn’t try to do three things at once. I mean to say, “this* entire part of the Mall,” and “it feels* like a mini-escape.”

  • Anon

    Have they even thought about all the adverse affects this development would impact on the community? Our schools are overcrowded as they are. Traffic is already woeful. Pollution – oh my god the pollution!!!

  • Is this the original location of the lock keeper’s house? I could’ve sworn that it’s already been moved once before.

  • Kerlin4321

    How many of you even know why it is called the Lockkeepers House?

    • Anon

      Do you even lockkeep bro?

  • JohnH

    The renderings lol. Never gonna look anything like that.
    The poor mall – it’s kept up so poorly. Too bad Congress doesn’t fund it.


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