Photo, Print, Drawing Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

[ Photos from Survey HABS DC-697  ]

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About this Item

Title
Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr
Partridge, William T
Langden, James G
Jeffers, Thomas C
Payne, Irving W
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Christianson, Justine, transmitter
Harvey, Robert, field team project manager
Boucher, Jack, photographer
Warshaw, Deborah, delineator
Pape-Siliwonczuk, Dorota, delineator
Miller, Evan E, delineator
Nose, Steven, delineator
Arcaro, Anthony M, delineator
Davis, Timothy, historian
Ross, Amy, historian
Price, Virginia B, transmitter
Leach, Sara Amy, project manager
National Park Service, Park Roads Program, sponsor
Anderson, Douglas, delineator
Arzola, Robert, delineator
Air Survey Corporation, field team
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  parkways
-  transportation
-  recreation
-  City Beautiful movement
-  national parks & reserves
-  District Of Columbia -- District Of Columbia -- Washington
Notes
-  See also HALS DC-10, HALS DC-11, and HALS DC-12 for related documentation.
-  Significance: Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway is significant for its role in the development of Washington, for its status as one of the best-preserved examples of the earliest stage of motor parkway development, and for its physical design, which combines landscape architecture, engineering, and architecture to provide an attractive and useful local park and commuter artery. The parkway played a significant role in the McMillan Commission's 1901-02 plan for the improvement of Washington's parks and public buildings. It was designed to replace a polluted river valley with a picturesque drive and bridle path linking the two main elements of the city's park system. By the time the parkway was completed, the rising popularity of the automobile and rapid suburban growth transformed it into a major commuter route. The parkway's narrow, twisting roadway, with its abrupt entrance roads, long stretches of undivided two-way traffic, and monumental crossing bridges, reflects the earliest era of motor parkway design. The parkway maintains a high degree of historical integrity despite considerable pressure to modernize the roadway during the 1940s-50s.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N161
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N665
-  Survey number: HABS DC-697
-  Building/structure dates: 1923- 1936 Initial Construction
Medium
Photo(s): 81
Color Transparencies: 1
Measured Drawing(s): 36
Data Page(s): 162
Photo Caption Page(s): 7
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS DC, WASH, 632-
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
dc0806
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Online Format
image
pdf
Description
Photo(s): 81 | Color Transparencies: 1 | Measured Drawing(s): 36 | Data Page(s): 162 | Photo Caption Page(s): 7

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Frederick Law Olmsted, William T Partridge, James G Langden, Thomas C Jeffers, Irving W Payne, U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, et al., Boucher, Jack, photographer. Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC. Washington Washington D.C, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/dc0806/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Olmsted, F. L., Partridge, W. T., Langden, J. G., Jeffers, T. C., Payne, I. W. [...] Air Survey Corporation, F. T., Boucher, J., photographer. (1933) Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC. Washington Washington D.C, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/dc0806/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Boucher, Jack. Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/dc0806/>.