1901 - 1902 Senate Park Commission
In June 1901, Saint-Gaudens was appointed as the fourth member of the Senate Park Commission established by Senator James McMillan to study the improvement of the park system of the District of Columbia. Saint-Gaudens was selected by Daniel Hudson Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and Charles Follen McKim to recommend a site for the proposed Lincoln and Grant memorials. The Senate Park Commission continued the collaborative work of a specific group of sculptors and architects that began with the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. On January 15, 1902, the Commission recommended the McMillan Plan for Washington in a report to Congress and an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
U.S. Senate Park Commission, Bird's-eye view of general plan, from point taken 4,000 feet above Arlington, 1902, drawing by F.L. Hoppin, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; U.S. Senate Park Commission, General plan of the Mall system, 1902, drawing, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts