National Mall Gardens, Lockkeeper House to Get Upgrades

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The National Mall’s Constitution Gardens–a landscaped area, small lake and the 1837 Lockkeeper’s House located between the Lincoln Memorial and 17th Street, NW–will soon go through a rehabilitation that will improve pedestrian connectivity and physically move the lockkeeper’s structure.

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved the proposal’s first phase during a meeting Thursday.

The National Park Service plans to convert the Lockkeeper’s House, a remnant from when there was a Canal along the National Mall, to a visitor education center that also serves as an office for park management and a site to recognize donors supporting the Trust for the National Mall. The building will be relocated to a site southwest of its current location, but still within the Constitution Gardens area.

Other site improvements include: a new entry plaza at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, NW, landscaping, and a new perimeter garden wall, according to a press release from NCPC. PWP Landscape Architecture designed the rehabilitation, having won the right in 2012 after a national design competition.