Saturday, December 7: The Enid A. Haupt Garden is a 4.2 acre garden in front of the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. Created in 1987, the design of its three distinct gardens reflects the cultural and aesthetic influences celebrated in the Smithsonian Castle and the surrounding museums.
The Fountain Garden is modeled after the Alhambra, the 14th century Moorish palace and fortress in Spain (andalucía: granada’s alhambra). It sits beside the National Museum of African Art.
The Moongate Garden, beside the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gets its design inspiration from the Temple of Heaven, a 15th century religious complex in China (**the journey, “moon fresh” jerry, the temple of heaven & an acrobatic extravaganza).
The Andrew Jackson Downing Urn was designed in honor of Andrew Jackson Downing, who in 1850 transformed the Mall into the nation’s first landscaped public park using informal, romantic arrangements of circular carriage drives and plantings of rare American trees. Downing’s design endured until 1934, when the Mall was restored to Pierre L’Enfant’s 1791 plan. Downing, the father of American landscape architecture, designed the White House and Capitol grounds.
Near the Smithsonian Castle is the Carousel on the National Mall. The Carousel on the Mall was built by the Allen Herschell Company in 1947. It’s known as a traveling machine. The horses are four abreast, all jumping. The Sea Dragon, added later, is the most popular seat on the carousel. It is the only operating carousel in Washington, D.C.
Finally, in the middle of the National Mall, I can see the Washington Monument at one end and the Capitol at the other. The Washington Monument’s 500 tons of scaffolding is now coming down, little by little. The scaffolding enabled workers to perform $15 million in earthquake damage repairs, beginning early this year. The monument will reopen in spring 2014.
Stay tuned for further episodes of Washington’s sights as I eventually carve out time to revisit them all. 🙂