An Art Deco Amusement Park Turned Artist Haven
Transport yourself back in time to Glen Echo Park and see all of its incredible transformations through the decades.
Within your own backyard lies adventure that will transport you to a place that feels miles from home. So leave your passport behind and start exploring The Nearest Faraway Place.
From the outside, Glen Echo Park looks like an abandoned amusement park from the 1920s. But step inside and you’ll see a carousel spinning with happy children aboard, eager art students waiting for their painting class, and galleries of art ranging from ceramics to glass blowing.
That’s because while this park was an amusement park for many years, it’s now become an artist community for people to come and enjoy. Artists can come and learn, work, and collaborate in this unique setting. “When you’re here you feel the old-time quality,” says puppet master Mayfield Piper.
In this installment of The Nearest Faraway Place, presented by Land Rover Discovery, The Daily Beast took a trip to explore the preserved setting of Glen Echo Park while seeing all of the incredible artists at work.