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Look Up, Washington DC! A Walking Tour of Lafayette Square


a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com


by Doug Gelbert


published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords


Copyright 2013 by Cruden Bay Books


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Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park located directly north of the White House on H Street between 15th and 17th Streets, NW. The Square and the surrounding structures were designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1970. Originally planned as part of the pleasure grounds surrounding the Executive Mansion, the area was called “President’s Park.” The Square was separated from the White House grounds in 1804 when President Jefferson had Pennsylvania Avenue cut through. In 1824, the Square was officially named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette of France.

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