Southern Railway

The Southern Railway Building is significant for its association with the railroad industry and its associations with the transformation this area of downtown from a residential neighborhood to a commercial/business district by the early twentieth century.

The highly visible Southern Railway Building was designed by Waddy B. Wood and constructed as the executive headquarters for the Southern Railway Company, which was, in the early twentieth century, one of the country’s most successful railroad conglomerates. According to an article in The Washington Post , the official cornerstone laying was complete with Masonic ceremonies and took place on December 20, 1928. Grand Master James T. Gibbs of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia officiated using the same trowel and gavel that George Washington used in the laying of the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. Stylistically, the simplified Classical Revival style building is also an excellent representation of the work of master architect Waddy B. Wood.

DC Inventory: February 25, 2016
National Register: April 26,2016



1500 K Street NW