699 Washington Pl, Baltimore, MD | Directions 2120139.297300 -76.615701
A shrine to the first U.S. president brings a little of Old Baltimore to four small, adjoining parks. – In Short
In 1809 (10 years after George's death), a national monument was built in his honor. Robert Mills, the self-declared "first American-trained architect," won the design contest with a plan for an ornate column topped by Washington in chariot. Production costs forced simplifications but the streamlined obelisk nevertheless possesses a small, ground-floor museum for photographs and etchings. With a quartet of radiating parks, the monument forms the hub of historic Mount Vernon Square.
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