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 1975. It is a slightly bland, symmetrical corporate office building of limestone and steel, built up to accommodate the highway tunnel underneath. The architects were two prominent Texas firms working together, Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White of Austin and Pitts, Mebane, Phelps and White of Houston.


Great 70s style lamps.

IMG_3590View from Constitution Avenue and 3rd Street, NW showing the elevation and one of the entrance ramps.

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