Organized in 1899, the Union Trust and Storage Company is one of DC’s earliest trust organizations. Operating both as a storage concern and a trust company, the organization served as a depository for both material and fiduciary resources held by corporations, trustees of estates, and wealthy individuals. Thus, the Union Trust Building is prominently sited in the heart of the Financial District.
The Union Trust Building is a key structure in the District of Columbia's Fifteenth Street Financial Historic District. But it holds even greater significance within the larger context of banking architecture, standing as physical evidence of the aspirations and realities of the financial world in the early twentieth century.
This banking house and office structure was designed in the Neoclassical Revival style by the noted Washington architectural firm of Wood, Donn and Deming in 1906. Inspired by the City Beautiful Movement, the building is a product of both its time and the planning conditions unique to the nation’s capital, further illustrating the influences of the federal presence on private design.
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
National Register: January 19, 1984
Within Fifteenth Street Financial Historic District