The Moran Building is a distinctive commercial office building designed with exceptional verve in the Second Empire style and it is one of the last remaining commercial office buildings in that style in Washington. This small vernacular building architecturally expresses the pervading spirit of expansive optimism in both Washington and the Nation in the 1880's.
Indeed, the naive exuberance of the Moran Building's long G Street facade is similar in spirit to that of the nearby Pension Building, which links Judiciary Square with the surrounding neighborhood. The Moran Building has maintained a continuity of use throughout its history and is substantially unaltered from its 1889-90 appearance.
DC designation July 30, 1981
National Register listing September 26, 1983