Meridian Hill Park

Visitors by the fountains at Meridian Hill Park.
Visitors by the fountains at Meridian Hill Park.

NPS/Anthony De Young

Quick Facts
16th Street between Euclid and W Streets NW, Washington, D.C.
Architecture and landscape design
Park, National Historic Landmark

Accessible Sites, Benches/Seating, Cellular Signal, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Toilet - Flush, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible

A Garden Fit for an Aristocrat, Open to the Public

In 1819, John Porter erected a mansion on Meridian Hill. The site was called Meridian Hill because it was on the exact longitude of the original District of Columbia milestone marker, placed on April 15, 1791. In 1829, the mansion became departing President John Quincy Adams' home. After its conversion to a public park, Union troops encamped on the grounds during the Civil War.

The U.S. government purchased the grounds in 1910. Landscape architects George Burnap and Horace Peaslee planned an Italian style garden. The structures made revolutionary use of concrete aggregate as a building material.

For more information about Meridian Hill Park, visit the History and Culture Page.

Notable Features

The Lower Plaza includes the following features:

Upper Level plaza features include:


Meridian Hill Park is open until 9PM in the winter and midnight in the summer.


The lower level of the park features accessible paths from the corner of 16th St. NW and Florida Ave. NW / W St. NW continuing east to the plaza at the President James Buchanan Memorial.

The upper level of Meridian Hill Park's paths are made from an aggregate concrete. It can be bumpy and rough in places. Due to terracing and stairs, several of the entrances from the 16th street side are not wheelchair accessible.

For more, visit Rock Creek Park Accessibility.

Rock Creek Park

Last updated: May 17, 2024