Preserving the historic police and fire callboxes of McLean Gardens

Welcome to Art on Call – Friendship Estate, Washington DC

The city-wide Art on Call project began in the District of Columbia in 2000, and neighborhood residents were asked to adopt and refurbish the call boxes in their neighborhoods to reflect their art and history. The sponsors at the time the call boxes were refurbished were Cultural Tourism DC, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH), and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). DDOT still owns the call boxes, but the neighborhoods have responsibility for the upkeep.

The two Hope Diamond call boxes received the DCCAH grants, but they were not enough to cover the total transformation costs of the call boxes. Additional funds were raised through generous donations from businesses and neighborhood residents.

Since the neighborhoods are responsible for the maintenance of their call boxes, the project is ongoing. Some of the other participating DC neighborhoods are: Brookland, Capitol Hill, Cathedral Heights, Cleveland Park, Downtown Business District, Dupont Circle, Mount Pleasant, Sheridan Kalorama, Southwest, Tenleytown, and Woodley Park.

Please note, all links to third-party websites are provided as a convenience. We assume no responsibility for these websites, their content, or safety.

Artwork on this website is subject to copyright. Permission is required for its use. Please do not copy photos from our website – most of the content is used by permission only, by museums and artists related to our project and to the history of Friendship Estate, McLean Gardens, and the McLean family.