Neighborhood
Downtown

Department of Agriculture – south building

The south building of the Department of Agriculture is at 14th and Independence, across from the administration building of the Department.  Completed in 1936, it was the largest office building in the world at that time.  It is brick, in the Classical style, and is connected by two large stone pedestrian bridges across Independence Avenue […]

Neighborhood
Downtown

Department of Agriculture – administrative building

The administrative building of the Department of Agriculture was built from 1904 to 1930, by architects Rankin, Kellogg and Crane, in the Beaux-Arts style.  It faces the Mall, and is the only non-public building on the Mall.  When the south building of the Department was built in 1936, two large stone pedestrian bridges were built […]

Neighborhood
Downtown

Government Accountability Office headquarters

GAO headquarters is at 441 G St NW.  The building was completed in 1951, in the Art Moderne style.  It covers 209,200 sq ft. of ground, and at the time it was built, was the largest air-conditioned structure in D.C.

Neighborhood
Downtown

FBI Field Office

The FBI Field Office, at 601 4th St. NW, opened in 1997.  It is a large six-story building in the post-modern style, using cement to make the building resistant to bombing.

Neighborhood
Downtown

U.S. Capitol

This is one of the “Columbus” doors from the main set of doors of the U.S. Capitol on the east facade.  Since the public is no longer allowed up the steps, this view from below does not show the bottom section of the door. The Columbus doors were designed by Randolph Rogers.  They are made […]

Neighborhood
Downtown

Government Printing Office Building No. 3

The Government Printing Office Building No. 3 was built in 1940 for a cost of $5 million, with 480,000 square feet of space on eight floors.  The supervising architect was Louis Simon.  It replaced the original building constructed in 1861.  It is at 732 N. Capitol Street, just to the north of the 1903 GPO […]

Neighborhood
Downtown

Government Printing Office

This is the original Government Printing Office building, at 710 North Capitol Street, constructed in 1903 by architect James G. Hill. The area was originally called Swampoodle and this building was nicknamed The Swamp. It is a massive red-brick building in the Romanesque Revival style, with eight acres of floor space. At the time it […]

Neighborhood
Capitol Hill

Cannon Office Building

The Cannon Office Building was constructed in 1908, in the Beaux-Arts style, by the architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings. It is the oldest of the Congressional office buildings, and one of the three buildings that have offices for Representatives. It, along with the similar Senate Office Building, were designed to complement but not distract […]

Neighborhood
Downtown

Ronald Reagan Building

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, was completed in 1998. The architect was James Ingo Freed, of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The outside of the building is fairly traditional, and covered in Indiana limestone to blend with the older surrounding Federal buildings. The inside of the building is […]

Neighborhood
Downtown

United States Court of Federal Claims

The United States Court of Federal Claims is at 717 Madison Place NW, on Lafayette Square by the White House. The purpose of the court is to hear claims for monetary damages against the Federal government. It had been located at several locations near Lafayette Square since 1885, and in 1967 moved to its present […]