Federal Triangle

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Constitution Ave., Washington, DC, USA

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A Tremendous Triangle of Federal Buildings Aug 12, 2015
Located between Constitution Ave., Pennsylvania Ave. and 15th St., and forming a triangle, is a collection of U.S. Government buildings built in the neoclassical style called the Federal Triangle. Most of the buildings here were constructed during the late 1920's and into the 1930's as as an outcome of the 1926 Public Buildings Act. The first reference to call this the Federal Triangle appeared in The New York times on August 4th, 1935 in an article titled "Capitol Triangle at Last Completed" and the name stuck, though it has never been granted that name officially. In that article it stated: "The gigantic Federal triangle, stretching from White House to Capitol, is an actuality at last – a maze of classic columns, courts and corridors challenging explorers of the new Washington. The $75,000,000 downtown wedge has as hypotenuse historic Pennsylvania Avenue, as altitude a new and beautiful Constitution Avenue, and Fifteenth Street along old White Lot, back of President’s House, as base."

The buildings within the Federal Triangle consist of the following, along with year of completion: Old Post Office Building (1899); National Archives Building (1935); Ronald Reagan Building (1998) - International Trade Center; William Jefferson Clinton Buildings (1934) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Herbert C. Hoover Building (1932) - United States Department of Commerce; Internal Revenue Service Building (1936); Robert F. Kennedy Building (1935) - U.S. Justice Department; Federal Trade Commission Building (1938), Mellon Auditorium (1934), John A. Wilson Building - Offices of the Mayor and District Council (1908). Note: William Jefferson Clinton Buildings were formerly known as the New Post Office, and obtained their new names in 2013 to honor the 43rd President of the U.S.

These buildings have a style and aura reminiscent of Ancient Rome with limestone facades, red tiled roofs and majestic columns spanning the building exteriors, while also offering many internal courtyard areas like plazas. The whole of the triangle has a uniformity in architectural style, for the most part, given they were all built around the same time period. It has been said that The 'Federal Triangle' project is the largest U.S. government buildings construction project ever enacted in the nation's capital. A walk around this trapezoidal complex buildings, taken as a whole, is a must see in DC!
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spocklogic says:
I recall reading about the seedy neighborhoods that occupied this area.
Posted on: Oct 04, 2015
Zagnut66 says:
In the 1800s the Federal Triangle area was known as Murder Bay, a dangerous slum with several bawdy houses.
Posted on: Oct 04, 2015
jeminigirl says:
Gorgeous architecture =)
Posted on: Oct 04, 2015
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