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FPLAZA_200604_01.JPG: Graffiti from BLM protests.
Pigs Must Fry
FPLAZA_200708_18.JPG: Skateboarder damage
FPLAZA_200708_25.JPG: Western Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue
Western Plaza consists of a large raised terrace in which part of L'Enfant's original 1791 plan for Washington, D.C. is rendered in black and white stone. At one end of the raised terrace is a pool. At the other is a shaded sitting area around a statue of General Pulaski.
Inscribed on the upper terrace are historic quotations about Washington. Low walls separate the plaza from surrounding traffic. Eleven large urns rest on top of these walls and contain seasonal planting. The upper map terrace has a grass lawn where the Mall occurs and inlaid bronze plans of the White House and the Capitol located at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The inlays illustrate L'Enfant's intention to have these two buildings balance each other and symbolize two main branches of government. The siting of the Treasury in the 19th century blocked the view of the White House and obscured this relationship.
L'Enfant's plan of Washington combines two orders of scale. The giant order is the diagonal avenues that sometimes terminate in a building or a monument. This order characterizes the federal scale of the city. The minor order is the rectangular grid pattern of the local structure of the city.
Western Plaza acknowledges both orders since it is shaped by the rectangular grid of the local scale and is an element within the giant order of Pennsylvania Avenue.
FPLAZA_200713_04.JPG: Brigadier General
The bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, portrays the Revolutionary War hero in the uniform of a Polish cavalry commander. Born in Winiary, Poland on March 4, 1748 to a noble family, Pulaski gained prominence in Europe for his role in defending liberty in Poland. Excited by the struggle of the emerging American republic, Pulaski joined in its fight for independence, arriving in Boston in July, 1777.
Pulaski was given a commission as Brigadier General and Chief of Cavalry in command of all cavalry of the American forces. He was present at Germantown, Pennsylvania and led his legion at Haddonfield, New Jersey; Egg Harbor, New Jersey; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia.
At Savannah, Pulaski was mortally wounded and was taken aboard the American Brig Wasp, where he died and was buried at sea on October 11, 1779. He was 31 years old.
The statue was designed by the sculptor Kazimierz Chodzinski and architect Albert R. Ross. It was erected in 1910.
FPLAZA_200713_10.JPG: Brigadier General
1747 - 1779
Fell in Battle at Savannah
FPLAZA_200713_19.JPG: Brigadier General, U.S.
Marshal General, Poland
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Wikipedia Description: Freedom Plaza
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Freedom Plaza, originally known as Western Plaza, is an open plaza in Northwest Washington, D.C., United States, located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, adjacent to Pershing Park. Constructed in 1980, the plaza is mostly composed of stone, inlaid with a depiction of parts of Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant's plan for the City of Washington. Most of the plaza is raised above street level. The western end of the plaza contains a large fountain, while the eastern end of the plaza contains an equestrian statue of Kazimierz Pulaski. The plaza is one block south of the "Freedom Plaza" historical marker at stop number W.7 of the Civil War to Civil Rights Downtown Heritage Trail at 13th and E Streets, NW.
The plaza was renamed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked on his "I Have a Dream" speech in the nearby Willard Hotel. In 1988, a time capsule containing a Bible, a robe, and other relics of King's was planted at the site. It will be reopened in 2088.
The John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the District of Columbia government, faces the plaza, as does the historic National Theatre, which has been visited by every U.S. President since it opened in 1835. Three large hotels are to the north and west.
Freedom Plaza is a popular place for political protests and civic events. In May of 1968, it was home to a shanty town known as "Resurrection City" erected by protesters affiliated with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People’s Campaign, although this protest, in the wake of King's assassination, ultimately proved unsuccessful and the inhabitants of the tent city were dispersed by June of the same year.
Freedom Plaza is also one of the settings in Dan Brown's 2009 novel The Lost Symbol, in part because of the Plaza's location at the intersection of Metro lines. The Federal Triangle Metro station, which sits on the Blue and Orange Lines, is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the pla ...More...
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2018_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (3 photos from 2018)
2017_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (24 photos from 2017)
2016_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (8 photos from 2016)
2013_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (2 photos from 2013)
2010_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (5 photos from 2010)
2009_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (9 photos from 2009)
2008_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (1 photo from 2008)
2007_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (1 photo from 2007)
2006_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (2 photos from 2006)
2002_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (4 photos from 2002)
1999_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (1 photo from 1999)
1997_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (3 photos from 1997)
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 pandemic cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. The only bright side about a pandemic which killed over a quarter of a million Americans is that the incompetence of the federal government in dealing with it probably flipped the election in November.