Lafayette Square

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Lafayette Square's rich history dates back to the founding of the District of Columbia when Pierre L'Enfant planned it as part of the grounds for the president's house. The square was one of the first open spaces within the city to be designed as a public park. Across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, the park's neighborhood became home to presidents, vice presidents, cabinet members, diplomats, inventors, journalists, heroes, authors, scientists, law breakers, and scoundrels. Today, the square and its sculptures are surrounded by government offices, but symbolically, it is the White House's front yard, making it an attractive destination. Using historic photographs, Lafayette Square captures the square's social, political, and architectural history, highlighting important past events.
ISBN: 9781467122030
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: District of Columbia
Series: Images of America
Images: 228
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lonnie J. Hovey, AIA, is a restoration architect and former director of preservation for the Executive Office of the President. In that position, Hovey and the General Services Administration oversaw the 2002 exterior restoration of the Jackson Place town houses, which border Lafayette Square's western edge and served as a springboard to learn the compelling stories of other buildings on the square. Hovey has selected the best images from the extensive photographic collections at the Library of Congress as well as from other public and private collections.
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