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District of Columbia: Redesign of Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House

Agencies: Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, and National Capital Planning Commission
As reported in the Spring 2003 Case Digest, a concept for a landscaped civic space was selected for historic Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House after security assessments called for the street’s continued closure. The plan, which was recently finalized, calls for a pedestrian promenade that can be reversed should Pennsylvania Avenue be considered safe to reopen to vehicular traffic in the future.

In September 2003, a Memorandum of Agreement for the subject plan was signed. It ensures that the public will continue to have the opportunity to participate refining design details for “America’s Main Street” outside of the White House, and specifies that aspects of the project related to closing the street could be reversed in the future if the street were to be reopened to vehicular traffic.

drawing of people walking and standing in the proposed  promenade outside of the White House



Illustration of a redesigned Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House, Washington, DC (illustration by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.; courtesy of NCPC)



That same month, the ACHP commended the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration for working closely with the many stakeholders in Section 106 consultation to ensure that preservation values are honored for some of our country’s most significant historic places.

For background information on this case, visit the Spring 2003 Case Digest.

Staff contact: Martha Catlin

Posted October 30, 2003

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