Archive for the Mall (The) Category

Stikman Visits the Smithsonian Castle

Posted in Mall (The), Street Art with tags , , on July 24, 2009 by Kent

This Stikman is in the crosswalk on Jefferson Drive between the statue of Joseph Henry and the CastleStikman at Smithsonian Castle


Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Posted in Mall (The), Plants & Gardening with tags , on July 10, 2009 by Kent

Ripley GardenCreated in 1988, the Ripley Garden is sandwiched into a narrow space between the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the old Arts and Industries building. Its easy to miss if you aren’t aware it’s there. I miss not visiting it as often as I once was able to, as it has many nice features.

The garden has a fountain and planters and you can learn the names of the plants from the labels next to them. One thing I especially like are the park benches with brackets shaped like snakes. I thought I would share a few images to give you an idea of what its like.
Ripley Garden

You can see more images after the jump Continue reading

PETA’s Animal Liberation Project Display to be on Mall For Summer Season

Posted in Mall (The), Protests & Marches with tags , on June 19, 2009 by Kent

PETA’s Animal Liberation Project display—which makes the connection between the injustices that people have suffered throughout history and the abuse and exploitation that animals suffer every day — will be on the Mall side of the Natural History building for the duration of the summer.

For District residents familiar with the cycle of protests, marches, and public awareness campaigns, this is nothing new. PETA traditionally chooses this location to get their message out.

To find out more, you can go to the PETA Web site for news, or you can go to the Animal Liberation Project page which focuses on this particular campaign.

Peta Liberation poster

Unrealized Dreams: Renwick’s Unsuccessful Design Submission of 1846

Posted in Gothic Revival, Mall (The), Museums, Renwick, James (1818-1895) with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Kent

Smithsonian Design Renwick
(Image from Smithsonian Institution)

Race for the Cure Road Closures Announced

Posted in Mall (The), Marathons & Races with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Kent

Race for the Cure 2009If you intend to be on or near the mall tomorrow, you may want to be aware of the road closures or events related to the Race for the Cure that will impact the Mall tomorrow.

Starting as early as 7:30, and lasting until 11:00 a.m., the race will have a major impact on the area. You can read the entire DDOT release below, or click on the map or link below to go directly to the race Web site for more details.

Road Closures for Weekend Events

Race for the Cure and Unifest Celebration Scheduled

(Washington, D.C.) The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about road closures for two large events scheduled this weekend: the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure and the Unifest Celebration. Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure Continue reading

Lost Washington: the Army Medical Museum

Posted in Lost Washington, Mall (The), Museums with tags , , , on May 21, 2009 by Kent

Army Medical MuseumThe brick Romanesque Revival building originally located at the northwest corner of 7th and Independence, SW, was the successor to the Ford’s Theatre facility. Opened in 1887, it was designed and built to house the Army Medical Museum, the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office, and some of the medical records.

Army Medical Museum. Interior view. First floor west side. Hook worm display.

Army Medical Museum. Interior view. First floor west side. Hook worm display.

Between 1893 and 1910, it also housed the Army Medical School. The Museum and the Library remained in this location until the 1960s, when they were moved to their present separate locations.

Even though the structure had been listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, the Interior Department redefined its status, claiming that the collection of medical specimens within constituted the building’s importance.

Army Medical Museum. Main exhibit hall. 1942.

Army Medical Museum. Main exhibit hall. 1942.

The building was razed in 1969 and replaced by the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

The Army Medical Museum evolved into the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, D.C., and the Library of Surgeon General’s Office became the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. (Additionally Photos after the jump) Continue reading

Proposed Mall Plan, ca. 1936-7

Posted in Mall (The), Museums, Unrealized Dreams on May 18, 2009 by Kent

It makes sense to me that this plan dates to 1936 or 7, as the site for the National Gallery of Art building is listed as proposed, and it was completed and dedicated by 1941.Mall Plan with Proposed MuseumsThe focus of this plan, however, is the proposed National Museum of Engineering and Industry. This footprint removed the Arts and Industries building, and the old Army Medical Museum, which was eventually razed to make room for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  The National Museum of engineering and Industry would eventually be opened as the Museum of History and Technology, which is not the Museum of American History (Image courtesy Smithsonian Institution).