Upper and Lower Senate Garden

Your Guide
Liz Guthrie, ASLA

The Upper and Lower Senate Park is located between Constitution Avenue, NW, and D Street, NE, and 1st Street and Louisiana Ave, NW. The park is divided into two distinct sections. The lower section contains a shallow rectangular reflecting pool flanked by wide pathways and fountains, and is bounded by two sets of steps, while the upper section is centered on a large fountain and plaza and a tree-lined lawn panel connecting to the Senate and Capitol grounds. Between 1910 and 1927, numerous plans were made for this parcel of land. Until 1927, the site was home to a series of temporary buildings known as the Government Hotels as well as numerous homes and the Maltby Building. Architects Daniel Burnham and Thomas Hastings proposed sketches that were monumental in nature, while landscape architect Samuel Parsons proposed the land be developed in conformance with the existing Capitol Grounds.

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