Lafayette Square, Washington DC

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Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park located within President's Park, Washington, D.C. directly north of the White House on H Street, bounded by Jackson Place on the west, Madison Place on the east, and Pennsylvania Avenue. It is named for the Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution, and includes a prominent statue of early 19th century President and general Andrew Jackson on horseback. The square and the surrounding structures were designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1970.HistoryPlanned as part of the pleasure grounds surrounding the Executive Mansion, this square was originally called "President's Park", which is now the name of the larger National Park Service unit which includes the White House Lawn. In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson had Pennsylvania Avenue cut through that park, separating what would become Lafayette Square from the White House grounds. In 1824, the park was officially renamed in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French military leader whose involvement was crucial in securing victory in the American Revolutionary War.
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  • Walked around here multiple times during my stay in DC. Perfect spot to take pictures of the White House  more »
  • This nice park at the back to the Whitehouse, is a much closer location for seeing the Whitehouse as well as taking selfies with the Whitehouse as background. The the protester at the side of the park...  more »
  • Whether you agree or disagree with what the protesters and signs say, it is nice to live in a country in which people are free to camp outside the home of the highest office and have a right to voice ...  more »
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