Bender Building, Washington, DC

img_6712With facades facing S St, 18th St, and Connecticut Avenue NW, the L-shaped Bender Building is a stylish and subtle early modern landmark. Constructed in 1959, the 12 story building was a leader in showcasing modern office space in downtown DC. Pioneering modernists Berla and Abel were the architects, who employed several other individuals that would go on the be leading modern architects in the area.

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Although the interiors have been updated, the exterior retains original finishes. The building is primarily yellow brick with window bays alternating with pale green ceramic tiles. The entrance treatment employs vertically striped panels above a brown metal awning on S Street, but has been modernized on the Connecticut Avenue side. At 18th and S is the entrance to the building’s parking garage and there is a concrete block screen and vertical metal fins employed to set off this part of the structure.

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