My co-editor, Pamela Scott, and I would like to place the name of the late Charles Atherton, secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts from 1965 to 2004, at the beginning of our acknowledgments list. It was Mr. Atherton who suggested that a book would be the most suitable way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Senate Park Commission, and he followed its progress until his death in December 2005. His knowledge of the development of Washington was extensive, and he will be sorely missed.

We thank the following individuals and institutions who have been so helpful to us and the other authors of the essays in this book: Jeffrey R. Carson, former assistant secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts and first editor of this book, for his work in getting the project started; my fellow co-workers at the Commission of Fine Arts, for their support; the staff of the Prints and Photographs Division, Manuscript Division, and Geography and Maps Division of the Library of Congress; the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration; the staff of the Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library; the staff of the American Institute of Architects Library and Archives, and the American Architectural Foundation, especially Sherry Birk; Eleanor Gillers and Mary Beth Kavanaugh of the New-York Historical Society; Mary Woolever of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives of the Art Institute of Chicago; T. Michele Clark and Michael Dosch of the Frederick Law Olmsted Historic Site; Gregory C. Schwarz of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Historic Site; and Arleyn Levee, landscape historian.

Several of the authors have thanked people who have been especially helpful to them at the beginning of the Notes section at the end of their essays.

We would also like to thank picture researcher Peter Penczer, copy editor Gail Spilsbury, and the staff of the Government Printing Office, who worked uncomplainingly with us to give form to this book: Sarah Trucksis, Clint Howard, Patrick Jacobs, and especially designer Amanda Drake.

Generally, I think all of us would like to take this time to express our thanks to John Reps for his pioneering work on the Senate Park Commission, as evidenced in his book, Monumental Washington, published in 1967 and still a primary reference for all students of city planning in the nation's capital.


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