Perks of Park Proximity – Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park

Meridian Hill Park is somewhat of a hidden DC gem located less than a half mile from both The Morgan and Apex. Its location by Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights posits the park as the perfect hangout for young professionals and families alike.

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The park itself feels like an escape, despite its urban location. Neoclassical and French inspired architecture create a different atmosphere and contribute to the diversity that characterizes the park and its visitors. CCRE is pleased that future owners of our newest condominium complexes will have access to such an outdoor delight.

Courtesy of onephotographaday.com

Courtesy of onephotographaday.com

Aerial view of the park courtesy of thedojonnamdishow.org

Aerial view of the park courtesy of thedojonnamdishow.org

The cascading fountain courtesy of thrive.com

The cascading fountain courtesy of thrive.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previously the site of John Quincy Adams’ post-presidential mansion, Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park, is a 12-acre space in the center of district urban living. Rich with history since its 1936 opening, the park features the largest cascading water fountain in the nation.

Long before the park, Native Americans traversed the hilltop along a well-traveled route. When the Federal city was being planned as the nation’s new capital, Thomas Jefferson promoted the idea of the Earth’s prime meridian running directly north of the White House, a route that is now essentially 16th Street, thus lending the name to the hill and, later, the park. The Meridian hilltop has been home to five presidents and was the site of an early African American seminary, a Civil War hospital, and the forerunner to George Washington University. In the early 20th century, a prominent resident of Meridian Hill, Mary Henderson, began promoting the idea of a park (Washingtonparks.net).

President Buchanan memorial courtesy of nps.gov

President Buchanan memorial courtesy of nps.gov

Statue of Dante courtesy of nps.gov

Statue of Dante courtesy of nps.gov

Statue of Joan of Arc courtesy of nps.gov

Statue of Joan of Arc courtesy of nps.gov

On Sundays from 3-9pm the upper portion of the park fills with drummers who form a drum circle and serve food to the homeless. This is a unique and interesting tradition that has been occurring since the 1950’s.


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