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Munsey Building, 1327-1329 E Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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Item Title
Munsey Building, 1327-1329 E Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Location
1327-1329 E Street Northwest, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-358
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-40).
Building/structure dates: 1905 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1910 subsequent work
Significance: The Munsey Building is the work of one of the country's most prominent architectural firms, McKim, Mead and White. The original structure, designed in 1905, was typical of the firm's application of the principles of the Italian Renaissance palazzo, a vertical tripartite composition of classical elements, to the tall buildings of the twentieth century. These principles are evident, although simplified and reduced in scale, in the 1915 addition which altered the facade and added a large wing on the west and a twelfth story. The facade is a less monumental than other buildings designed by McKim, Mead and White in the Washington area, such as the Army War College and the Washington Club. This is not true of the interior of the building, which, with its high quality materials and classical details, established Munsey as one of the more elegant private office spaces in the city. AS an urban design element, the Munsey building's facade helps to define the open square at the western end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Subjects
Office Buildings
Banks
Newspaper Industry


Related Names
McKim, Mead & White
Munsey, Frank Andrew
Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. (PADC)
George Fuller Construction Company
The Washington Times


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTH (FRONT) ELEVATION
2. EAST (SIDE) ELEVATION
3. ENTRANCE TO ORIGINAL STRUCTURE (BANK)
4. WEST (ADDITION) ENTRANCE TO OFFICES
5. WEST (SIDE) ELEVATION FROM SOUTHWEST
6. TWELFTH FLOOR CORNICE
7. BRONZE REVOLVING DOOR ENTRY, ORIGINAL STRUCTURE (BANK)
8. ORIGINAL LOBBY, VIEW TOWARDS NORTH (BANK)
9. COLUMN DETAIL, ORIGINAL LOBBY (BANK)
10. CEILING DETAIL, ORIGINAL LOBBY (BANK)
11. HALLWAY TO ELEVATOR LOBBY, FIRST FLOOR, WEST (ADDITION) SECTION
12. MAILBOX, FIRST FLOOR
13. ELEVATOR DOORS, FIRST FLOOR
14. CORNICE DETAIL, STAIRCASE LIGHTWELL
15. HALLWAY AND OFFICE ENTRANCE, TWELFTH FLOOR
16. TWELFTH FLOOR DOOR AND WINDOW TRIM
17. CASEMENT WINDOW
18. MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR ELEVATORS, BASEMENT
19. FRONT (SOUTH) ELEVATION AND REAR ALLEY (NORTH) ELEVATION
20. EAST (SIDE) ELEVATION
21. WEST (SIDE) ELEVATION
22. DETAIL OF ENTRANCE, TO FIFTH STORY
23. PLAN OF FRONT AT FIRST FLOOR
24. SECTION SHOWING PROJECTION OF LOWER STORIES BEYOND THE BUILDING LINE
25. LONGITUDINAL SECTION
26. ELEVATOR FRONTS AND CORRIDOR PARTITIONS


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