Fossils at Park View School

A while ago I found a website that explores fossils in the architecture of Washington, D.C. by Christopher Barr. The site is organized by geological periods and shows examples of fossils that are in stone used in local buildings. I was immediate drawn to the sections on Sacred Heart Church and the Unification Church on 16th Street.

But as I reviewed the site, I suspected that we would also have fossils in the limestone used at the Park View School — and after inspecting the school, my hunch was right. As near as I can tell, the limestone appears to be Indiana Limestone from the Mississippian period. Below are photos of some of the fossils I found at the school.

(An area of trace fossils or, more technically, “ichnofossils”. These are located on the north side of the entry doors on Warder Street.)

(The structures that resemble netting are typically fenestrate bryozoans.)

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3 Comments on “Fossils at Park View School”

  1. bwrod Says:

    Christopher Barr’s work has fascinated me for a long time – great catch on the Park View School

  2. Diane Says:

    How cool. It would be great if the school could incorporate your finds into its science classes.

  3. Daniel N. Says:

    Kent this is so cool.


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