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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Statute of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Sculptor Neil Estern in Room Three of the FDR Memorial

Statute of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Sculptor Neil Estern in Room Three of the FDR Memorial

Fala Waits Near the Seated Figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Fala Waits Near the Seated Figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial covers 7.5 acres and serves as a memorial to FDR and as a remembrance for the difficult times when he served as president. The large space is divided into four areas or rooms, each representing one of his four terms in office.

The huge memorial has defined areas created by walls of red colored granite from South Dakota. This expansive design creates the effect of an outdoor museum, park and garden combined with space for waterfalls, sculpture and quiet areas.

The images in this entry are of the sculpture of FDR in Room Three of the memorial. The sculpture by Neil Estern depicts the seated figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his dog Fala sitting near him.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The inscription next to this statue is from 1941:

They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers . . . call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.

Other inscriptions from Room Three, include this one from 1940:

We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

And this one from 1936:

I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded.I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed.I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

Links to other StationStart.com entries about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial:

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located on the southwest edge of the Tidal Basin accessible by foot from the path around the edge of the Tidal Basin with another entrance on West Basin Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the entrance area of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

The Garth – Peaceful, Secluded Courtyard

The Garth - Secluded Courtyard at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Garth - Secluded Courtyard at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Garth is a cloistered area on the north side of the Washington National Cathedral toward the east end of the building. The enclosed area is more or less in the shape of an irregular pentagon. Toward the center is a tiered, vertical metal fountain with what resembles a stylized, open flower blossom at the top. In temperate weather the fountain provides the gentle sounds of splashing and gurgling water.

Splashing Garth Fountain In a Cloistered Area of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Splashing Garth Fountain In a Cloistered Area of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral and its location.

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Garth at the Washington National Cathedral.

Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes the Garth as a massive, walled-in courtyard. The Garth is mentioned in Chapter 87.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial With Cherry Blossoms and Seagulls

Thomas Jefferson Memorial With Seagulls. A lone cherry blossom tree is visible at the left edge of the photograph.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial With Seagulls. A lone cherry blossom tree is visible at the left edge of the photograph.

Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Light Pink Cherry Blossoms

Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Light Pink Cherry Blossoms

This memorial was built between 1939 and 1943, and the statute of Thomas Jefferson was placed in the center of the memorial in 1947.

Many more seagulls than you might expect to find in Washington DC find time to visit the Tidal Basin. Some visitors provide food for the seagulls, and that can attract them in huge numbers.

Blossoming cherry trees line the edge of the Tidal Basis and provide a powerful attraction for visitors during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring of each year. The peak bloom date for cherry blossoms changes each year, but it is usually in the first week of April.

Click Cherry Blossom Bloom Schedule to visit the National Park Service Cherry Blossom Bloom Schedule.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is located on the south edge of the Tidal Basin just off of Ohio Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Viewed Underneath the Deep Pink Blossoms of a Cherry Tree

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Viewed Underneath the Deep Pink Blossoms of a Cherry Tree

Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

Spring in Washington - The Washington Monument Rises Above the Cherry Blossoms

Spring in Washington - The Washington Monument Rises Above the Cherry Blossoms

Every spring around the first of April the cherry blossoms come to Washington.

Spring Has Come to Washington - The Washington Monument Framed by Cherry Blossoms

Spring Has Come to Washington - The Washington Monument Framed by Cherry Blossoms

The blossoms are accompanied by the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and busload after busload of visitors.

When the blossoms come, the sidewalks that wind through and under the cherry blossom trees are often crowded with visitors from early in the morning until late into the evening.

Many of the cherry blossom trees line the edge of the tidal basin where the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is located.

This picture of the Washington Monument was taken from the sidewalk around the edge of the Tidal Basin.

Click Cherry Blossom Bloom Schedule to visit the National Park Service Cherry Blossom Bloom Schedule.

Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Washington Monument.

Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington Monument.

Darth Vader at the National Cathedral

The Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Included among the many, many grotesques (carvings) located on the National Cathedral is one of Darth Vader from Star Wars. The gargoyles on the building act as drains, as each gargoyle has a pipe running through its mouth. The grotesques are similar ornamental carvings but without the pipes.

Location of the Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader on the East Side of the Northwest Tower of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Location of the Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader on the East Side of the Northwest Tower of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Darth Vader is located on the back of one of the front towers, the tower on the left from the viewpoint of a person looking at the front of the Cathedral.

Pictured below are a number of other grotesques located in Darth Vader’s general neighborhood. The cute little raccoon looking thing must have drawn the short straw in order to end up right next to Darth Vader.

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral and its location.

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Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Darth Vader is mentioned in Chapter 31, and the grotesque at the Washington National Cathedral is mentioned in Chapter 79.

These Grotesques are Some of Darth Vader's Nearest Neighbors at the National Cathedral

These Grotesques are Some of Darth Vader's Nearest Neighbors at the National Cathedral

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Bronze Lion Guarding the Pedestrian Entrance to the National Zoo at Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC

Bronze Lion Guarding the Pedestrian Entrance to the National Zoo at Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC

The National Zoo in Washington DC is one of the best zoos in the United States. There are about 400 different species and about 2,000 different individual animals.

National Zoo Sign at Connecticut Avenue NW and Jewett Street NW, Washington DC

National Zoo Sign at Connecticut Avenue NW and Jewett Street NW, Washington DC

The Panda exhibit is always popular, but there are lots of other animals including Anteater, Bald Eagle, Cheetah, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Golden Pheasant, Gorilla, King Vulture, Lemur, Lion, Orangutan, Peacock, Seal, Tiger, Wallaby plus many, many other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

Links to other StationStart.com entries about the National Zoo:

Click Smithsonian National Zoological Park Website to visit the website of the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian National Zoological Park Website.

The National Zoo in Washington DC is located on Connecticut Avenue NW just north of Hawthorne Street NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

Closest Metro Station: Two Metro Stations are near the Zoo. The pedestrian entrance to the National Zoo on Connecticut Avenue NW is the same distance from both the Cleveland Park Metro Station and the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station. The main difference is that the walk from the Cleveland Park Metro Station is fairly level while the walk from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station is definitely uphill.

Benjamin Franklin Statue – Old Post Office Pavilion

Statue of Benjamin Franklin in Front of the Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington, DC

Statue of Benjamin Franklin in Front of the Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington, DC

This statute of Benjamin Franklin now stands in front of the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Words carved into the pedestal of the statue read:

 
 

Statue of Benjamin With the Old Post Office Pavilion in the Background

Statue of Benjamin With the Old Post Office Pavilion in the Background

Presented to the National Capital
By
Stilson Hutchins

 

 

Stilson Hutchins (1838 – 1912) was the founder of the Washington Post. A metal plaque attached to the pedestal of the statue reads:

Erected January 17th 1889
Ernst Plassman, Designer.
Jacques Jouvenal, Sculptor.
J.F. Manning, Designer of Pedestal.
Commissioners of District of Columbia,
W.B. Webb, S.E. Wheatley, C.W. Raymond.

The statue of Benjamin Franklin is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 12th Street NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the statue.

Closest Metro Station: The Federal Triangle Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Old Post Office Pavilion and the statue of Benjamin Franklin.

Casimir Pulaski Statue – Freedom Plaza

Equestrian Statute of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski in Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC

Equestrian Statute of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski in Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC

Casimir Pulaski was born in Poland. Benjamin Franklin met him in Paris and recruited him to fight in support of the colonies in the American Revolution. In 1777 he met General George Washington in Philadelphia. He went on to prove himself to be a valuable resource in the war against England. The plaque on the statue reads:

 
 
 

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

 

 1748 – 1779

The bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, portrays the Revolutionary War hero in the uniform of a Polish Cavalry Commander. Born in Winiary, Poland on March 4, 1748 to a noble family, Pulaski gained prominence in Europe for his role in defending liberty in Poland. Excited by the struggle of the emerging American Republic, Pulaski joined in its fight for independence, arriving in Boston in July, 1777.

Pulaski was given a commission as Brigadier General and Chief of Cavalry in Command of All Cavalry of the American Forces. He was present at Germantown, Pennsylvania and led his legion at Haddonfield, New Jersey; Egg Harbor, New Jersey; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savanna, Georgia.
At Svanna, Pulaski was mortally wounded and was taken aboard the American brig, Wasp, where he died and was buried at sea on October 11, 1779. He was 31 years old.

The statue was designed by the sculptor Kazimierz Chodzinski and architect Albert P. Ross. It was erected in 1910.

The statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski is located at the east end of Freedom Plaza near the intersection of 13th and E Streets NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the statue.

Closest Metro Station: Federal Triangle is the nearest Metro Station to Freedom Plaza and the statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski.

Farragut Square – David G. Farragut Statue

Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! - David G. Farragut Statue in the Center of Farragut Square, Washington, DC

Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! - David G. Farragut Statue in the Center of Farragut Square, Washington, DC

President James A. Garfield dedicated this statue of Admiral David G. Farragut from the Civil War in 1881.

David G. Farragut Statue in the Center of Farragut Square, Washington, DC

David G. Farragut Statue in the Center of Farragut Square, Washington, DC

The statue is in the center of Farragut Square which is located about two blocks north of the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

David G. Farragut shouted “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” while taking the harbor in Mobile, Alabama during the Civil War.

The statue of David G. Farragut is located just to the south of the three street intersection of Connecticut Avenue NW and K and 17th Streets NW. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the David G. Farragut Statue.

Closest Metro Station: Farragut Square is very close to two Metro Stations. An entrance to the Farragut West Metro Station is just across I Street NW from Farragut Square, and an entrance to the Farragut North Metro Station is across K Street NW.

John Witherspoon Statue

John Witherspoon Statue Near Dupont Circle in Washington DC

John Witherspoon Statue Near Dupont Circle in Washington DC

John Witherspoon signed the Declaration of Independence as a member of the Continental Congress elected from New Jersey. He was a Presbyterian Minister born February 5, 1723 in Scotland. He died in 1794 in New Jersey.

The sculpture by William Couper of New York was unveiled at a ceremony held on May 20, 1909. A plaque on the base of the statue reads:

For my own part, of property I have some, of reputation more. [period added] That reputation is staked, that property is pledged on the issue of this contest; and although these gray hairs must soon descend into the sepulcher, I would infinitely rather that they descend thither by the hand of the executioner than desert at this crisis the sacred cause of my country.

The John Witherspoon Statue is located on a small triangle created by the intersections of Connecticut Avenue NW, N and 18th Streets NW near Dupont Circle. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the John Witherspoon Statue.

Closest Metro Station: The Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to the John Witherspoon Statue.

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