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A 7-acre public park, Lafayette Square is located within Washington, D.C., in the United States of America. It is situated straight north of the White House on H Street. The park is bordered by Jackson Place, Madison Place, and Pennsylvania Avenue. This National Historic Landmark is part of President’s Park, which also includes encompasses the White House, a visitor center, and The Ellipse. The park was landscaped in 1851 by Andrew Jackson Downing. Historically this square has served as a racetrack, a graveyard, a zoo, a slave market, an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812, and been used for many political protests and celebrations.
Buildings around Lafayette Square include: the White House, the Old Executive Office Building, the Department of the Treasury, St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Blair-Lee House, Decatur House, and the Renwick Gallery. There are many buildings in the area that feature executive suites. Located nearby are the World Bank and the Washington Convention Center.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Lafayette Square features a landscaped green space, completed with fountains, statues, and several pathways. The square is surrounded by historic brick row houses, with architectural details that include bracketed cornices, and heavy door and window surrounds. Dining options near Lafayette Square include The Lafayette, Rasoi Indian Kitchen, Old Ebbitt Grill, Georgia Brown’s, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, and Siroc. ICi Urban Bistro is a quaint eatery that serves a range of salads, seafood and American dishes with a French twist.
The nearest major airport to Lafayette Square is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Featuring international and domestic flights the airport is located 4 miles from the center of Washington, DC. Another major airport in the area is Washington Dulles International Airport, located within 26 miles of DC. The area is served by public transportation, with bus and subway stations all over the area.