Atlantic Building

Built as an office structure, the 1888 Atlantic Building initially served primarily as a home for attorneys working with patent law. In 1890 the campaign headquarters of Benjamin Harrison were located in the 8th floor assembly rooms, and from 1905 to…

Atlantic Building

When the Atlantic Building was completed in 1888, it was the largest commercial structure in the city and one of the first with a passenger elevator. The speculative office building was designed by James Hill Green, who had served as supervising…

LeDroit Block (F Street, NW, South Side of 800 Block)

The block was built after the completion of the large-scale municipal improvements undertaken by the Board of Public Works in 1871-74. LeDroit Block illustrates renewed civic aspirations of post-Civil War era with rich, animated facades which…

Wire Building

The Wire Building, constructed in 1949, is a twelve-story, Modern office building distinguished both for its smooth limestone walls that turn the corner in a sweeping curve and its early use of continuous bands of windows. Built by real estate…

Washington Loan and Trust Company

The Washington Loan and Trust Building is prominently situated opposite Old Patent Office. It is home to the city's first trust company, originally organized in 1889, Brainerd H. Warner, President, which was acquired by Riggs Bank in 1954. The…

Temperance Fountain

The monument is in the form of a granite temple sheltering a drinking fountain in the form of bronze dolphins on a granite pedestal. A bronze water crane stands on the roof, above inscriptions exhorting faith, hope, charity, and temperance. The…

Mary Surratt House

The Mary Elizabeth Surratt Boarding House is an 1843 vernacular Greek Revival dwelling that Mary Surratt operated as a boarding house from September 1864 through April 1865. During this period, John Wilkes Booth visited the boardinghouse both…

Old Masonic Temple

In scale and dignity it complements its prestigious neighbor, a symbol of awakening civic consciousness in Washington City during the nationalistic period following the Civil War. Adolph Cluss characterized the style of the Masonic Temple as…

National Union Building

Designed by famous architect Glenn Brown (1854-1932), the building remains the most important property in Washington associated with his career. The building was the architect’s office between 1890 and 1905, which was Brown’s most prolific period as…