Lafayette Square

Dedicated to those whose spirit and vision helped to preserve the historic architecture of Lafayette Square
Grosvenor Chapman, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Vice-Chairman of ihe Committee of 10O on the Federal City, in 1961 provided a sketch reproduced here that indicated a radically new vision for the development of the Square.
David Finley, founding Director of ihe National Gallery of Art, Chairman of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts and friend and advisor to Jacqueline Kennedy, successfully opposed several plans for the Square that would have swept away ihe historic architectural context.
Charles Glover Jr. eminet banker, member of the Committee of 100 and childhood residen of the Square, shared with Grosvernor Chapman the concept of the sketch.
William Walton, correspondent and artist, and close friend and advisor to the Kennedys, prsented the sketch to the President and First Lady, receiving their enthusiastic endorsement.
This sketch so impressed Jaqueline Kennedy that she became its chief advocated. The principles it evoked became the basis for the historic restoration of the square.

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Lafayette Square, Washington DC.

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