Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park

Meridian Hill Park, also referred to as Malcolm X Park, is a rare, classically-designed open space within one of Washington’s most diverse communities, Adams Morgan. The parks history dates to 1819 when John Ported built a mansion on this prominent hill. In 1936, the park was officially opened and in 1994 the park was designated as a National Historic Landmark. While a formal garden, the park provides a variety of open lawn areas, fountains, sculpture, intimate seating areas, and a choice view of the Washington Monument. The designer of the planting plan was Ferruccio Vitale.


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another david December 19, 2012 10:27 PM
Deed for Meridian Hill signed 24 Feb 1830 recorded 9 Aug 1830. David Porter sells 110 acres to Philip Lansdale, John Florentius Cox and wife Eliza Cox. I have transcribed the boundaries and superimposed them on a modern map. On north, Columbia Rd. On East, 15th St. On South, Florida Ave. On West, 18th St. Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC) 27 Mar 1866 issue 16723 col D Shortly after noon yesterday, the fine brick mansion on Meridian Hill was entirely destroyed by fire, involving a loss of about $10,000. The furniture was nearly all saved, though much of it was badly damaged. The fire department were promptly on the spot, but could render no assistance for want of water. The building was of brick, two stories high, and one of the old places where, in former times, hospitality and genuine social ability were enjoyed by Madison, Webster, Clay, Calhoun, and their contemporaries. It was known as the Commodore Porter place, and occupied one of the most commanding sites about the city. The title to the property has been in litigation for a number of years, and now has several claimants.
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Kim Williams September 18, 2012 9:50 AM
The park was established on the site of Meridian Hill mansion, built by Commodore David Porter in 1816 (not sure where the name John Ported and the date 1819 come from in the above description). The mansion house burned down during the Civil War when it was being used as a hospital.
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