Designed by architect William Harris, Park Tower was built in 1928-1929. The building is among the city's finest pre-International style modern buildings and is prominently sited opposite Meridian Hill Park. Park Tower serves as a superb example of 1920s design aesthetic, exhibiting an integral approach to Art Deco form and detail while reflecting important changes in aesthetic philosophies as one of first major buildings to break away from the city's predominant Beaux-Arts and Colonial Revival expression styles. Park Tower illustrates sustained efforts to develop Sixteenth Street as prestigious a avenue; this was a fashionable address for congressmen, professionals, and other notables during 1930s.
The building is 5 stories, with an extended irregular plan with repetitive bays. It has tapestry brick facades in golden buff color, a ziggurat-like main facade with rooftop loggia rising above squared bays, in limestone and patterned brick with chevron, and oak leaf motifs.
DC designation: January 20, 1988
National Register listing: October 30, 1989