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Aerial View of Lafayette Square

Aerial View of Lafayette Square

Photographer
Bruce White
Date of Work
January 13, 2016
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Credit
White House Historical Association

Aerial View of Lafayette Square

This aerial photograph of Lafayette Square was taken by Bruce White for the White House Historical Association on January 13, 2016. 

This aerial photograph of Lafayette Square was taken by Bruce White for the White House Historical Association on January 13, 2016. This stately square and the buildings that surround it make up a neighborhood once known as "President’s Park." Renamed in 1825 to honor the Marquis de Lafayette, it soon became an elite Washington address that members of the Cabinet, Congress, and diplomatic corps called home. However, the transformation of the square from residential neighborhood to commercial and government spaces came to a head in the early sixties. There were calls to completely raze the area including the park in order to make way for new federal offices. However, in 1962 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy used plans of noted architect and family friend John Carl Warnecke to help establish a compromise. Warnecke designed the new offices to look like row houses complete with historic facades, preserving the residential character of the neighborhood.

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