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…

The LeDroit Block was built after the completion of the large-scale municipal improvements undertaken by the Board of Public Works ibetween 1871 and 1874. It illustrates the renewed civic aspirations of thepost-Civil War era with rich, animated…

The Wire Building, constructed in 1949, is a 12-story Modern office building, distinguished both for its smooth limestone walls, which turn the corner in a sweeping curve, and its early use of continuous bands of windows. Built by real estate…

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…

Having made his fortune in dentistry and in San Francisco real estate, Dr. Henry D. Cogswell put his money to use in service of the temperance cause, working to curb alcohol consumption throughout the United States. Cogswell in particular believed…

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 boarding house both…

Although it currently houses the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the old Patent Office Building reflects the historic importance of the Patent Office during the era when scientific invention propelled the American…

Designed by Cluss and Kammerheuber, the Old Masonic Temple enjoyed early prominence due to its important location across 9th Street from the old U.S. Patent Office. In scale and dignity it complements its prestigious neighbor, a symbol of awakening…

The National Union Building is a narrow office building built in the Romanesque Revival style in 1890. Designed by famous architect Glenn Brown (1854-1932), the building remains the most important property in Washington associated with his career.…

Built between 1888 and 1889 by Daniel J. Macarty, following the designs of architect James G. Hill, the National Bank of Washington remains one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in Washington. Situated at a focal point…