With plans dating back to 1910, Meridian Hill's roots lie in Italian landscaping. The Interior Department commissioned architects George Burnap and Horace Peaslee to create a park inspired by urban European parks. Money magazine writes, "The most dramatic feature of the park, which is designed to resemble formal Italian gardens, is a 13-tiered sprawling fountain that spills into a large reflecting pool." The 12-acre park also boasts several statues, including Dante, a 1921 bronze statue sculpted by Ettore Ximenez in honor of Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
Meridian Hill Park sits between 16th St and W St NW. Entrance fees are donation-based only.
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Published by Maria Regina, Contributing Editor