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 architect of the U.S. Treasury and was also the designer of numerous fine private buildings in Washington. The eight story features two large assembly rooms, the location of numerous important public meetings, including one at which the National Zoo was founded. In 1890, this top floor served as headquarters for President Benjamin Harrison's inaugural committee, and from 1905 to 1940 the building was occupied by the National Forestry Service.
In more recent history, the 9:30 Club began on the first floor of the old building, taking its name from the 930 F Street address, and was located here for a few years before the building's demolition. The current Atlantic Building is a 10-story office structure completed in 2006, its face formed by the preserved facades of the original turn-of-the-century building.