Everyone who has visited or lived in Washington, DC, has an idea of what the National Mall means – what its characteristics are, what its boundaries are, what’s important about the iconic swath of land surrounded by memorials, monuments and museums. American national events (such as this year’s inauguration), films and television shows have introduced the Mall in various ways to audiences all over the world.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation regularly participates in public meetings regarding new buildings, monuments, and changes to the historic landscape of the National Mall. As one of the most important historic places in America, preservationists need to play a role in shaping its future.
Last week, the National Park Service released a new draft plan for the National Mall (PDF).
Major changes are planned for the Sylvan Theater site, the reflecting pool at the base of the Capitol (“Union Square”), and Constitution Gardens. Minor changes include new pavings, new restrooms and signage.
Take a look and let us know what you think!
The National Trust will be preparing comments before the April 20 deadline. You can also comment to the National Park Service directly via the National Mall Plan website.
-- Nell Ziehl
Nell Ziehl is the program officer for the Southern Field Office at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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