Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin, Washington, DC

For National Park Service, National Mall & Memorial Parks

As preservation landscape architect for the project team addressing the iconic Jefferson Memorial, Heritage Landscapes prepared a definitive summary of this national memorial, designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and architect John Russell Pope, was dedicated in 1943. The Olmsted Jr. landscape design combines of formal and informal styles with symmetrical framing elms, Tidal Basin drifts of cherry trees anchoring evergreens, and flowing planting beds, paths and lawns. We provided

  • Gather 1930s and 1940s concept sketches, design plans and aerial photos   
  • Study sources and prepare a detailed Olmsted as-built landscape plan
  • Communicate Olmsted design style, principles, and examples
  • Provide inputs on compatible barrier materials, alignments and details

The project addressed integration of a compatible security barrier, exploring alternatives to secure the memorial while meeting historic, aesthetic, scenic, sustainability and access objectives. Utilizing our historical understanding of the memorial design and evolution, Heritage Landscapes contributed to the design of alternatives, presentations to and staff reviews by the Commission on Fine Arts, National Capitol Planning Commission and DC Preservation Office. While not advancing to implementation, the planning project concepts retained historic integrity while meeting current needs.

Work Jefferson Memorial Security Barriers Planning


Team Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects, team co-leaders Wallace Roberts & Todd and DHM Design.