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Summer 6-1979


Lafayette Park, or Lafayette Square, is a seven acre public park located in Washington D.C. Lafayette Park is directly across from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. Originally part of the White House grounds, Pennsylvania Avenue bisected what was referred to as “President’s Park” in 1804, to be named Lafayette Square in 1824 in honor of General Lafayette of France. Lafayette Park became a National Historic Landmark District in 1970.




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Urban parks; Land use -- Open spaces; Cities and towns -- Washington DC; Cities and towns -- Capitals;

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United States

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District of Columbia

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Washington, D.C

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Pennsylvania Avenue


Lafayette Park; Lafayette Square; national park; White House; urban parks; Washington D.C.; capital city; land use;