The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy (Conservancy) was formed in October 2008, with leadership from the Friends of Mount Vernon Place and the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association. In April of 2012, the Conservancy entered into an Agreement with the City of Baltimore authorizing the Conservancy to restore and manage the Washington Monument and the surrounding four squares.
Shortly after the Agreement with the City was signed, the Conservancy engaged OLIN, a leading landscape architecture firm widely known for their transformative design of Bryant Park in New York to develop a Master Plan for Mount Vernon Place that will take new lighting and electrical systems, traffic calming, and greater access for the disabled. In addition, a significant component of the plan embraces the latest in soil technology and sustainability, plus new irrigation and drainage, with the goal of a rich and sustainable landscape.
The Monument restoration kicked off in January of 2014 and will be completed and re-opened to the public on July 4, 2015—the bicentennial of the laying of its cornerstone. Interactive museum exhibits are currently being developed for the Monument.
The first phase will focus on a “virtual visitor experience” which will include the climb and views from the top as well as footage of areas not accessible to the public such as the 200 year old signatures found in the basement vaults. The second phase will focus on an interactive history module.
All primary content will be available on-site and also online at the Conservancy’s website and Facebook page. The latter is serving as a blog about the Washington Monument restoration. The Conservancy will continue to manage the squares and the monument after restoration so that they may be enjoyed and sustained by future generations while once again becoming a must-see destination for visitors to the City.