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Patent Office Building, Bounded by Seventh, Ninth, F & G Streets, Northwes, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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Item Title


Location
Northwes, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-130
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N812).
Building/structure dates: 1836 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1877 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1936 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1964 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000902
Significance: One of the foremost examples of Greek Revival architecture in America. During the 19th century was the largest of Washington's government buildings, housing a variety of agencies. Famous people associate width the building include Abraham Lincoln, whose second inaugural was held there, and Clara Barton and Walt Whitman, who were employed there.

Subjects
Building Deterioration
Civil Service
Office Buildings


Related Names
Elliott, William P.
Mills, Robert
Cluss & Schulze
Faulkner, Fryer & Faulkner
Underwood, Bayard
Becker, Bryan, Photographer
Hartman-Cox Architects, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTH FRONT AND WEST SIDE
2. INTERIOR COURTYARD, FROM THE EAST
3. INTERIOR COURTYARD, FROM THE NORTHEAST
4. DETAIL, SOUTH FRONT, PORTICO (ELEVATION)
5. DETAIL, SOUTH FRONT, PORTICO (OBLIQUE VIEW FROM THE SOUTHWEST)
6. DETAIL, SOUTH FRONT, PORTICO, VIEW BETWEEN ROWS OF COLUMNS
7. DETAIL, SOUTH FRONT, PORTICO, COLUMN CAPITALS
8. DETAIL, SOUTH FRONT, PORTICO, COLUMN CAPITAL AND CORNICE, WEST CORNER
9. DETAIL, SOUTH FRONT, PILASTERS AND CORNICE (2 x 2 negative; 5 x 7 print)
10. DETAIL, SOUTH FRONT, ENTRANCE DOOR (2 x 2 negative; 5 x 7 print)
11. DETAIL, GROUND FLOOR, WINDOW (2 x 2 negative; 5 x 7 print)
12. DETAIL, INTERIOR COURTYARD, WATER FOUNTAIN
13. DETAIL, IRON STAIR RAILING, STREET LEVEL TO GROUND FLOOR LEVEL (2 x 2 negative; 5 x 7 print)
14. DETAIL, IRON STAIR RAILING, STREET LEVEL TO GROUND FLOOR LEVEL, SHOWING NEWEL POST (2 x 2 negative; 5 x 7 print)
15. DETAIL, IRON FENCE (2 x 2 negative; 5 x 7 print)
16. INTERIOR, BASEMENT, GENERAL VIEW OF GARAGE
17. INTERIOR, GENERAL VIEW OF SANDSTONE GALLERY
18. INTERIOR, SANDSTONE GALLERY, DETAIL OF COLUMNS
19. INTERIOR, GRANITE GALLERY, GENERAL VIEW FROM THE NORTHEAST
20. INTERIOR, DOUBLE STAIRWAY LEADING TO MODEL HALL
21. INTERIOR, DOUBLE STAIRWAY LEADING TO MODEL HALL, DETAIL OF ONE FLIGHT (5 x 7 negative; 8 x 10 print)
22. INTERIOR, DOUBLE STAIRWAY LEADING TO MODEL HALL, DETAIL OF RAILING
23. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, ENTRANCE AS SEEN FROM STAIR LANDING
24. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, ENTRANCE AS SEEN FROM HALL INTERIOR
25. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, LOOKING EAST
26. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, WESTERN SECTION, LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM BALCONY
27. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, WESTERN SECTION, LOOKING WEST FROM BALCONY
28. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, DETAIL OF FLOOR TILES
29. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, DETAIL OF COLUMN CAPITAL
30. INTERIOR, MODEL HALL, DOOR, DETAIL OF ETCHED GLASS
31. INTERIOR, LINCOLN GALLERY, EAST WING LOOKING SOUTH
32. INTERIOR, THIRD FLOOR, LANDING, SOUTHEAST CORNER
33. Photocopy of photograph (from Library of Congress, #USZ62-24770) ([???]) M'Clees, Photographer 1859 SOUTH PORTICO, WITH POST OFFICE IN FOREGROUND (4 x 5 negative; 8 x 10 print)
34. Photocopy of photograph (from Library of Congress, #USZ6-166) Kilburn Bros., Photographers 1889 SOUTH FRONT FROM THE SOUTHEAST (4 x 5 negative, 8 x 10 print)
35. Photocopy of drawing (from Library of Congress) Artist unknown 1891 SOUTH FRONT FROM THE SOUTHWEST
36. Photocopy of photograph Standard Scenic Company, Photographers 1907 SOUTH FRONT LOOKING WEST
37. Photocopy of photograph (from Brady Handy Collection, Library of Congress, #BH 8234-48) Photographer unknown, ca. 1910 SOUTH FRONT FROM THE WEST (4 x 5 negative, 8 x 10 print)
SOUTH FRONT FROM THE SOUTHWEST
SOUTH FRONT FROM THE SOUTHEAST
General view


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