Jefferson Memorial - Washington DC
President Roosevelt spoke at the Memorial groundbreaking on December 15, 1938 and laid the cornerstone on November 15, 1939. There were fervent protests against chopping down and moving cherry trees, which FDR dismissed; yet, in fact, fewer than 50 trees were lost from the 1912 plantings.
Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., who had served on the McMillan Commission, was made the official landscape planner for the project in 1938, with the work done by Henry V. Hubbard of Olmsted’s office. After a good deal of back-and-forth with the architects and the National Park Service, the 19 acres of grounds were filled, landscaped and planted, and a circular access road built in time for the dedication in 1943.
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Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Historic American Buildings Survey, 1994. https://memory.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/dc/dc0400/dc0473/sheet/00001a.tif
National Park Service, Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2003. https://www.nps.gov/nationalmallplan/Documents/JEME_CLIrevised2009.pdf
Carl M. Brauer. The Man Who Built Washington: A Life of John McShain. Wilmington DE: Hagley Museum and Library, 1996
Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on December 4, 2019.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.
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