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Urban Landscapes

These cultural landscape inventories represent federal reservations of land located throughout the District of Columbia. The three CLIs completed to date (Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Pennsylvania SE, and Grant Circle) represent parkland created by the original or expanded L'Enfant Plan for the federal city.

Pennsylvania Avenue NW consists of the National Park Service's land along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 15th Streets NW in Washington, DC. This 1.2-mile road corridor and public parkland was originally listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the L’Enfant Plan of the City of Washington, DC, National Register Nomination (1997) and Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site National Register District (2007).

The Pennsylvania Avenue SE cultural landscape is located in southeast Washington, D.C. The segment of the avenue included in this cultural landscape inventory runs diagonally for 1.3 miles between 2nd Street SE and Barney Circle. Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor is listed on the National Register as part of the 1997 nomination for the  L’Enfant Plan of Washington, DC.

Grant Circle is a cultural landscape located in northern Washington, DC, at the intersection of New Hampshire and Illinois Avenues NW and 5th and Varnum Streets NW. The cultural landscape includes a 1.8-acre urban park, located within a traffic circle, and two 0.20-acre triangle parks located directly north and south of the circle. Grant Circle is not currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but this CLI found that it was eligible for listing based on its significance as an extension of the original L'Enfant Plan.


Anacostia Park is a cultural landscape located on the east and west banks of the Anacostia River. This CLI is currently underway as of 2019/2020.

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