Montrose Park is an eleven acre park in Georgetown at R and 31st Streets,NW,which is part of Rock Creek Park. Sarah Louise Rittenhouse,who lived in Georgetown, gave the money to acquire the land to assure that it remained open land, rather than be developed.
Montrose Park,the adjacent Dumbarton Oak Park, and Rock Creek Park are units of the National Park Service.
Chevy Chase Circle,planned in late 19th century. Boundary marker between Maryland and District of Columbia is a 20th century replacement (more ornamental) for original markers. There is another one on the other side of the fountain.
On the grounds of the U.S. Capitol,the 19th century lampposts were works of art, with Art Nouveau detailing. Modern lampposts along any street any where in the US are utilitarian, stamped out posts,lacking any detailing,therefore,any lack of scale or soul.
The Town of Chevy Chase has two east-west streets connected by this small,well landscaped pedestrian path and park. It is assumed that when Thornapple and Leland Streets were developed in the early 20th century the intent was to have them intersect and the Town retains an easement on the strip of land between the two streets. Approximately 15 years ago the Town elevated the path by landscaping the strip with a curving path, discontinuous stone walls and the tree in the planting box in the middle.
(c) Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2014