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Meridian Hill Park
Reference Number: 74000273 (Designated National Historic Landmark in 1994)
Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C. was established by an Act of Congress in 1910 and built out over the next 25 years. It is an exceptional American urban park designed in a neo-Classical style, inspired by Italian Renaissance garden design and executed by architect Horace Peaslee, landscape architects George Burnap and Ferrucio Vitale, and designer and contractor, John J. Earley. The parkis set on a steep slope and faces south with distant views to the city and beyond. A large cascading water fountain and a series of terraces take advantage of the topography, while large structured terraces provide viewing platforms, and sizeable retaining walls allow for the creation of flat esplanades with decorative pavements and reflective pools. The park is symmetrically arranged and organized around its strong central axis. Meridian Hill Park is listed in the NR and is an NHL.
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