Historic home built by Benjamin Ogle Tayloe in 1830, LaFayette Park, located directly north of the White House on H Street between 15th and 17th Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
This home was the social Center during the period and was called the "Little White House" by President McKinley.
Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park. The Square and the surrounding structures were designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1970. Originally planned as part of the pleasure grounds surrounding the Executive Mansion. The park has been used as a race track, a graveyard, a zoo, a slave market, an encampment for soldiers during the war of 1812, and many political protests and celebrations. In 1824 the square was officially named in honor of General Lafayette of France.
Photographed as part of an assignment for the General Services Administration.
Title, date, and subject note provided by the photographer.
Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083).
Forms part of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.
In 2015, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge. In 2016, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty stating “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.” (more: http://hyperallergic.com/314079/photographer-files-1-billion-suit-against-getty-for-licensing-her-public-domain-images/)