As I was exploring American presidents in the museum's collection, I not only came across busts, portraits, and sculptures of a number of our 44 past and present heads of state, but also myriad images of the parks, monuments, roads, and towns named in honor of these men. Below are some images that illustrate places and spaces that were dedicated to our nation's leaders.
The George Washington Bridge spans the Hudson River and connects New York to New Jersey. It was named as such because Fort Washington—used by Washington during the American Revolutionary War—is located nearby.
Jefferson's Rock is a rock formation along the Appalachian Trail route in Virginia. Thomas Jefferson visited this location in 1783 and found the view to be breathtaking.
This image shows Roosevelt Public School in Roosevelt, NJ. The town was called Jersey Homesteads until just after World War II when it was fittingly renamed after FDR, who created the town as part of his New Deal. Fun fact: the mural in the background was painted by Ben Shahn.
This woman stands in front of Chicago's own Kennedy Expressway, which is just a small part of I-90, the interstate that spans the nation from Massachusetts to Seattle.
Berenice Abbott. George Washington Bridge Under Construction, New York, c. 1934. Gift of Ronald A. Kurtz
Rembrandt Peale. Jefferson's Rock, 1826. Promised gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection.
Joel Sternfeld. Roosevelt Public School, Roosevelt, New Jersey, 2005. Gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall.
Dirk Bakker. Overpass on the Kennedy Expressway, c, 1975. Gift of Dr. Allen Midell.