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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Rock Creek Park; Jules J. Jusserand Memorial Bench
Structure Number:
339-11
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
No records.
Park:
Rock Creek Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
1. 
Rock Creek Park Historic District
Structure State:
District of Columbia
Structure County:
Washington
Region:
National Capital
Administrative Unit:
Rock Creek Park
LCS ID:
006452
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
10/23/1991
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Contributing
Short Significance Description:
Rock Creek Park is a natural reserve within a heavily urbanized area. It encompasses public reservation 339 which was created for the scenic and recreational enjoyment of the people of the United States on September 27, 1890. Memorial honors Jules Jusserand (1885-1932), ambassador from France.
Long Significance Description:
Rock Creek Park is a natural reserve within a heavily urbanized area. It encompasses public reservation 339 which was created for the scenic and recreational enjoyment of the people of the United States on September 27, 1890. Today the park is one of the nation's capital's greatest assets. The core of RCP is the creek and its picturesque gorge-like scenery.

The memorial was erected to honor Jules Jusserand (1885-1932), ambassador from France and close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt. The spot on which the bench was placed was frequented by Jusserand. Erected by the Jusserand Memorial Committee at cost of $5,461 under an Act of Congress approved June 17, 1935 (49 Stat. 386) without expense to the United States. It is the first memorial erected on Federal property to a foreign diplomat. Dedicated November 7, 1936.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1936
AD


Freedlander, Joseph H.
Architect
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Monument (Marker, Plaque)
Primary Current Use:
Monument (Marker, Plaque)
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
1. 
Outdoor Sculpture (Statuary)
Current
2. 
Outdoor Sculpture (Statuary)
Historic
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Grounds/Landscape
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Substructure
Granite
Short Physical Description:
Art deco style 10' long semi-circular bench. Incorporates low relief, carved scrolled ends. 4' high, resting on a 22' long stepped platform consisting of 4 steps. Located on east side Beach Dr, just S of Hazen Bridge.
Long Physical Description:
The Jusserand Memorial is located approximately one-quarter of a mile south of the Pierce Mill complex and is sited on a gentle sloping hill approximately twenty five feet east of Beach Drive. The memorial bench is carved out of Milford Pink granite in the form of an exedra and incorporates low relief carvings of wings at its ends. The elliptical bench is approximately 22 feet long and 4 feet high and rests on a stepped granite platform. On the backrest of the bench is inscribed: JUSSERAND, PERSONAL TRIBUTE OF ESTEEM AND AFFECTION, 1855-1932.

While the bench is not physically accessible from any trail, a wayside sign along the bike trail on the west side of Beach Drive, directly across from the bench, shares information about Jusserand and Roosevelt.