The studio was home to the nation's largest early‑20th century news photo service, official White House photographer, and Washington's most noted portrait photographers from 1905 to 1955. The building is historically significant because it was home to Harris and Ewing, prolific photographers of historical figures and events. The building was built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, and showcases 1920's neoclassicalism in its limestone facade and large studios with expansive windows at the rear.
The Harris & Ewing Studio at 1311-1313 F Street, N.W. is significant both for its place in the history of photography in Washington, D.C. and for it being a valuable work in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The building's appearance is the result of a major remodeling in 1924 by the local architectural firm of Alexander Sonnemann and Louis Justement for the photographic studios of Harris & Ewing, Washington's most noted portrait photographer in the first half of the twentieth century and creator of the city's first news photo service. The building represents an important component of Washington's commercial and architectural heritage.
DC designation April 24, 1991
National Register listing December 16, 1994