Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley
From the National Parks Service:
“Completion of the new security screening building for the Washington Monument has been delayed for mitigation of possibly contaminated soil in the construction area. The modernization of the monument’s elevator is substantially complete, with just final testing and certification of the safety systems remaining.
The potentially contaminated soil is below the ground surface and poses no risk to public health. The soil in question was likely introduced in the 1880s as the monument was being completed. Due to the necessary mitigation efforts, the reopening of the Washington Monument is now expected to take place in August. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Goucher
From the National Parks Service:
“The National Park Service has begun a 15-month project to restore the roofs, repair the stone, and clean the marble at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The memorial will remain open for the duration of the project, although some areas will be inaccessible.
The roof restoration and repair will consist of replacing the two flat upper and lower roofs that circle the dome to keep the building watertight and dry. (more…)
Snapshot from “Target=”_blank”>This animation represents the revised concept as reviewed and approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on July 19, 2018: elements of the design are still in progress. Additional agency reviews will occur toward ultimate design approval by the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the National Park Service.” See full “animation here.
From the National Parks Service:
“The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking comments on the proposed enhancements to Pershing Park for the national World War I Memorial. The project, including a comparison of the two alternatives, is available online at http://go.nps.gov/WWI-DEA. The public comment period is open February 6 – 27, 2019. The comment period, which originally ended on January 18, has been extended due to the partial government shutdown.
The Draft Environmental Assessment describes how the proposed national World War I Memorial will enhance Pershing Park (located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 14th Street NW & 15th Street NW) by constructing appropriate sculptural and commemorative elements, including landscaping. (more…)
From an email: “A group of us in Bloomingdale are attempting to raise funding to support construction of the Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden in LeDroit Park, with construction scheduled to begin early in the New Year.”
For those not familiar with Tricia you can read about her tragic story here. She was a beloved member of Bloomingdale and so many other communities. RIP.
The fundraiser says:
“Friends and family of Tricia McCauley, in partnership with Common Good City Farm, are honoring her legacy through the creation of the Tricia McCauley Memorial Fund. The fund will preserve Tricia’s love of herbalism and teaching through supporting the ongoing cultivation of the medicinal herb garden, now The Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden, as well as herbalism workshops at Common Good City Farm. (more…)
“just off Beach Drive and Western Ridge Trail, across the foot bridge from Peirce Mill.”
In honor of Bastille Day, It gives me great pleasure to, again, present the most random monument in D.C. – The Jusserand Bench in Rock Creek Park.
“A pink granite bench in Rock Creek Park honoring Jusserand was dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on 7 November 1936. It is the first memorial erected on Federal property to a foreign diplomat.”
Ed. Note: The bench does not look particularly pink today.
“Jean Adrien Antoine Jules Jusserand (18 February 1855 – 18 July 1932) was a French author and diplomat. He was the French Ambassador to the United States during World War I.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Saturday, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chairman Phil Mendelson and the DC Council, and other dignitaries formally dedicated and unveiled the historic bronze statue of the late four-term Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Honorable Marion S. Barry, Jr.
“Sometime after Martin had a dream and before President Obama gave us hope, Marion Barry provided opportunity,” said Mayor Bowser. “Mr. Barry was a larger than life figure – a man who could both lead the protest as an activist and engage the protest as Mayor. He gave hope to those who had lost it and created access to the middle class for Washingtonians who, for years, had been locked out of power and prosperity. With this statue, we are preserving a tremendous part of Washington, DC’s history, and honoring our Mayor for Life, Marion Barry.” (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Brandon Kopp
“The National Park Service is accepting comments from the public on a proposed project to improve physical, interpretive and programmatic accessibility at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial for visitors with mobility, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Comments are being accepted at go.nps.gov/JeffersonAccessibility through December 1.
A public meeting to introduce and answer questions about the project will be held at the American Association of People with Disabilities office (2013 H Street NW) on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. National Park Service officials will make a presentation about the project and be available for questions. Comment forms will be available. American Sign Language and CART services will be available at the meeting as well as a tactile model and audio description; additional accommodations can be made by contacting the National Park Service at 202-245-4660 or via email at [email protected]
There are a variety of barriers to accessibility that currently exist at the Jefferson Memorial, including car parking and bus drop-off; layout of walkways and sidewalks; means of accessing the chamber level of the memorial; and lack of accessible exhibit design, which together create an unequal experience for all visitors interested in learning about one of America’s foremost Founding Fathers. As a first step, the project will develop alternatives to improve, modify, and/or create universal accessibility at the site and analyze potential impacts of those alternatives on the historic fabric of the memorial and the surrounding environment. (more…)
I was wondering if anyone else in the PoPville community has heard anything about the Eisenhower Memorial going up in the southwest? I work for the Federal Government in the Southwest, and while I don’t work in the Department of Education building, I work right by there. There aren’t really any lunch options in the area besides the food trucks by the L’Enfant Metro. Due to the limited options, my coworkers and I generally get lunch from the food trucks and eat at one of the tables set out in front of the Dept. of Ed. While there is one other spot in the general vicinity to sit and eat lunch, it’s very limited. I just heard about the Eisenhower Memorial that is going up in front of the Dept. of Ed. and over the spot where we, and many of the other Federal Government employees in the area, eat their lunch on a daily basis. While I fully support a memorial to President Eisenhower, I’m a little miffed by the fact that it will effectively wipe out our only lunch spot in the vicinity. Has anyone else heard anything about this Memorial? It seems like it has been in the works for a while, but I only just heard about it.”
Ed. Note: In May Curbed reported:
“Eisenhower Memorial design revisions meet Commission of Fine Arts largely with disapproval
…a revised final design of the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial met with the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) with much discussion and largely more to be desired for. Still, the final concept of the design needs to be approved. This meeting was simply to approve the revisions to the design.”