National Mall Historic District

The National Mall Historic District encompasses some of the most iconic public land and museums in the United States.

The development of the National Mall Historic District reflects two seminal historic plans for the federal city: the plan designed by Pierre Charles L’Enfant in 1791 and the 1901-1902 McMillan (Senate Park) Commission Plan. As such, the Mall represents significant contributions to the design heritage of our national capital.

As the nation’s foremost commemorative landscape, the National Mall’s monuments and memorials symbolize the country’s collective values and ideals. Its open spaces define the setting of the executive and legislative branches of our federal government and provide essential civic space for historic events of national significance.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
National Register: October 15, 1966, revised December 8, 2016

This site is included in the Capital City Slavery Tour for its role as a site of auction for enslaved persons and a common place for "slave depots" which housed enslaved persons before sale. For further information on slavery in the District, view DC Preservation League's Capital City Slavery Digital Exhibit.

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Roughly bounded by the Capitol Grounds on the east, Independence Avenue on the south, 14th Street on the west, and Constitution Avenue on the north