Erected in 1911 by the Samuel J. Prescott Company to a design by prominent Washington architect Appleton P. Clark, Jr., the building exemplifies the early-twentieth century office buildings developed privately for long-term use by federal agencies. It is an excellent example of the mid-sized office building of the time. and a rare survivor of this period of rapid government expansion.
The U.S. Civil Service Commission Building exhibits elements of the Italian Renaissance Revival style applied to the basic commercial office building form of the early twentieth century. The Italian Renaissance Revival influence can be seen in the tripartite division into base, shaft and crown, the deeply projecting bracketed cornice, the engaged pilasters separating the central bays of the front and sides and the classically elaborated door surround. Due to its simple but high-quality building materials, including brick and limestone, the building remains in generally good condition with few alterations to its 1911 exterior appearance and configuration.
Nominated by the General Services Administration and designated on June 30, 2011
National Register: September 18, 2013