Category Archives: Washington, DC

Frances Perkins Department of Labor Building, Washington, DC

On Constitution Avenue, the Frances Perkins Department of Labor Building rises up, built over Interstate 395. It was started in the mid-60s under John F. Kennedy to consolidate labor department staff into one building, but it was not completed until … Continue reading

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US Court House of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

This court building on Constitution Avenue is now known as the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse. It is formal and stripped down modernism, closer in style to the nearby National Archives than something like Victor Lundy’s abstract 1974 US Tax Court … Continue reading

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National Association of Letter Carriers, Washington, DC

At 100 Indiana Avenue, NW is the headquarters of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the union for urban mail carriers. The facade consists of white granite or marble blocks in a uniform pattern. There is simple but elegant gilded … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

This is the third location and fourth building for this congregation, which started in 1841. The most recent building, a Victorian era structure was purchased by the church and demolished in 1977. The current building dates from 1978-79 and was … Continue reading

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415 Second Street, NE, Washington, DC

Steps from Washington D. C.’s Union Station is this office building, built around 1957.  The blue tile panels are a common mid-century design element, helping to enliven a plain facade. The area around this building has rapidly changed in the past … Continue reading

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The American Legion, Washington, D.C.

1608 K Street NW in Washington is The American Legion’s D.C. headquarters, although their national headquarters are actually in Indianapolis. The cornerstone of this building was laid in 1950 and the structure was completed and dedicated the next year by … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Police Special Operations Unit, Washington, DC

This police station at 2301 L Street NW seems closed and largely abandoned, although it’s still listed as an active site on the DC Police website. The tilework around the windows is cracking and the mid-century metal lettering on the … Continue reading

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