Gas lamps

As part of George Burnap’s design for the park, seventeen “Newport” style gas lamps were installed along R Street, the Ropewalk, and the axis north of the Entrance Ellipse.  A lamplighter was responsible for lighting and extinguishing them manually every day, until 1948, when they were mechanized.  Over the years some of the lights have been moved, and now those that remain are along the Ropewalk.  They were refurbished through a grant from the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in 1992.

Georgetown, Washington D.C.

R Street between 30th and 31st Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20007

Friends of Montrose Park is an official partner of the National Park Service, supporting Rock Creek Park through its SOLVE (Sustaining Our Lands with Volunteer Energy) stewardship program.