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Pension Building, 440 G Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



B&W Photos

HB276773
Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 Entrance - South Elevation

HB276774
Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 Frieze Detail

HB276775
Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 Interior From 2nd Floor Balcony

HB276776
Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 Detail - Column Capital

HB276777
South And West Facades

HB276778
South And East Facades

HB276779
South Entrance

HB276780
South Entrance, Detail Of Frieze And Keystone

HB276781
South Entrance, Detail Of Relief Sculpture In Spandrel

HB276782
West Entrance

HB276783
Southeast Corner, Detail

HB276784
South Facade, Detail, First Floor Windows

HB276785
South Facade, Detail, Terra-cotta Frieze Between First And Second Stories, Depicting Conestoga Wagon

HB276786
South Facade, Detail, Terra-cotta Frieze Between First And Second Stories, Depicting Horses Pulling Cannon

HB276787
South Facade, Detail, Terra-cotta Frieze Between First And Second Stories, Depicting Infantry

HB276788
Southeast Corner, Detail, Terra-cotta Frieze Between First And Second Stories

HB276789
South Facade, Detail, Frieze Between Second And Third Stories

HB276790
East Facade, Detail, Terra-cotta Frieze Above Entrance, Depicting Sailors In Rowboats

HB276791
Interior, Central Court, Looking West

HB276792
Interior, Central Court, Looking Northwest

HB276793
Interior, Second Story Loggia

HB276794
Interior, South Stairwell

HB276795
Interior, Clerestory, Looking South

HB276796
Interior, Detail, Center Court, Corinthian Capitals

HB276797
Photocopy Of Engraving (inscribed With 'bailey, Banks, & Biddle, Phila.', N.d.) View Of Inaugural(?) Ball In Central Court

HB276798
South Facade

HB276799
Detail, South Facade, Central Section (escalators To Metro Subway In Foreground)

HB276800
West Facade

HB276801
Interior, Central Court, Looking Northwest From Second Floor

HB276802
Interior, Central Court, Looking West

HB276803
Interior, Central Court, North Wall

HB276804
Interior, First Floor, South Stairwell

HB276805
Interior, Third Floor, South Stairwell

HB276806
Interior, Central Court, Looking West (from Ground Level), Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276807
Interior, Central Court, Looking West (from Third Floor), Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276808
Interior, Central Court, Detail Of Thirs Floor Balcony, Looking West, Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276809
Interior, Central Court, Northeast Corner, Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276810
Interior, Central Court, North Side, Second Floor, Exterior Of Loggia, Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276811
Interior, Central Court, North Side, Second Floor, Interior Of Loggia, Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276812
Interior, Central Court, Looking Southwest, Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276813
Interior, Central Court, South Wall, Showing Decorations For 1981 Inaugural Ball

HB276814
General View To West, Taken From Northeast Corner Of Second Floor, Showing Inaugural Decorations

HB276815
General View To West, Taken From Second Floor West Gallery

HB276816
General View From Third Floor, Looking Southwest

HB276817
First Floor, View Looking East, Showing Work In Progress On Inaugural Decorations

HB276818
View Of Presidential Podium, Taken From Second Floor Gallery, Looking South

HB276819
View Of Capitals And Arches Of East Columns, View Taken Looking Southwest From The Fourth Floor Gallery

HB276820
Detail Of Column Capitals, View Taken Looking Southwest From Fourth Floor Gallery

HB276821
East End, North Column, Detail Of Column Capital, View Looking Southeast From Fourth Floor Gallery

HB276822
Northeastern Most Column, Detail Of Capital

HB276823
General View Of Court Looking West From Third Floor Gallery

HB276824
General View Of The Court Looking Southwest From Fourth Floor Balcony

HB276825
Fourth Floor, General View To West Showing Column Capital And Fourth Floor Balcony


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Item Title


Location
440 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-76
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-68).
Building/structure dates: 1883 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1959 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
National Register Number: 69000312
Significance: The Pension Building was erected in 1883 at a cost of $900,000, as a memorial to the veterans of the Civil War. From 1885 until 1926 it was occupied by the Bureau of Pensions. The latter years the building was taken over by the General Accounting Office and used by that organization until completion of their new building. It was the annex to the Civil Service Commission, and currently houses the National Building Museum.

Subjects
Bas-reliefs
Corinthian Order
Galleries (rooms & Spaces)


Related Names
Meigs, Gen. Montgomery C.
Buberl, C.
Bureau Of Pensions


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 ENTRANCE - SOUTH ELEVATION
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 FRIEZE DETAIL
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 INTERIOR FROM 2nd FLOOR BALCONY
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Russell Jones, Photographer March 1959 DETAIL - COLUMN CAPITAL
5. SOUTH AND WEST FACADES
6. SOUTH AND EAST FACADES
7. SOUTH ENTRANCE
8. SOUTH ENTRANCE, DETAIL OF FRIEZE AND KEYSTONE
9. SOUTH ENTRANCE, DETAIL OF RELIEF SCULPTURE IN SPANDREL
10. WEST ENTRANCE
11. SOUTHEAST CORNER, DETAIL
12. SOUTH FACADE, DETAIL, FIRST FLOOR WINDOWS
13. SOUTH FACADE, DETAIL, TERRA-COTTA FRIEZE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND STORIES, DEPICTING CONESTOGA WAGON
14. SOUTH FACADE, DETAIL, TERRA-COTTA FRIEZE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND STORIES, DEPICTING HORSES PULLING CANNON
15. SOUTH FACADE, DETAIL, TERRA-COTTA FRIEZE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND STORIES, DEPICTING INFANTRY
16. SOUTHEAST CORNER, DETAIL, TERRA-COTTA FRIEZE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND STORIES
17. SOUTH FACADE, DETAIL, FRIEZE BETWEEN SECOND AND THIRD STORIES
18. EAST FACADE, DETAIL, TERRA-COTTA FRIEZE ABOVE ENTRANCE, DEPICTING SAILORS IN ROWBOATS
19. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, LOOKING WEST
20. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, LOOKING NORTHWEST
21. INTERIOR, SECOND STORY LOGGIA
22. INTERIOR, SOUTH STAIRWELL
23. INTERIOR, CLERESTORY, LOOKING SOUTH
24. INTERIOR, DETAIL, CENTER COURT, CORINTHIAN CAPITALS
25. Photocopy of engraving (inscribed with 'Bailey, Banks, & Biddle, Phila.', n.d.) VIEW OF INAUGURAL(?) BALL IN CENTRAL COURT
26. SOUTH FACADE
27. DETAIL, SOUTH FACADE, CENTRAL SECTION (ESCALATORS TO METRO SUBWAY IN FOREGROUND)
28. WEST FACADE
29. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM SECOND FLOOR
30. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, LOOKING WEST
31. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, NORTH WALL
32. INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH STAIRWELL
33. INTERIOR, THIRD FLOOR, SOUTH STAIRWELL
34. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, LOOKING WEST (FROM GROUND LEVEL), SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
35. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, LOOKING WEST (FROM THIRD FLOOR), SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
36. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, DETAIL OF THIRS FLOOR BALCONY, LOOKING WEST, SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
37. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, NORTHEAST CORNER, SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
38. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, NORTH SIDE, SECOND FLOOR, EXTERIOR OF LOGGIA, SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
39. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, NORTH SIDE, SECOND FLOOR, INTERIOR OF LOGGIA, SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
40. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, LOOKING SOUTHWEST, SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
41. INTERIOR, CENTRAL COURT, SOUTH WALL, SHOWING DECORATIONS FOR 1981 INAUGURAL BALL
42. GENERAL VIEW TO WEST, TAKEN FROM NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECOND FLOOR, SHOWING INAUGURAL DECORATIONS
43. GENERAL VIEW TO WEST, TAKEN FROM SECOND FLOOR WEST GALLERY
44. GENERAL VIEW FROM THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
45. FIRST FLOOR, VIEW LOOKING EAST, SHOWING WORK IN PROGRESS ON INAUGURAL DECORATIONS
46. VIEW OF PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM, TAKEN FROM SECOND FLOOR GALLERY, LOOKING SOUTH
47. VIEW OF CAPITALS AND ARCHES OF EAST COLUMNS, VIEW TAKEN LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM THE FOURTH FLOOR GALLERY
48. DETAIL OF COLUMN CAPITALS, VIEW TAKEN LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM FOURTH FLOOR GALLERY
49. EAST END, NORTH COLUMN, DETAIL OF COLUMN CAPITAL, VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST FROM FOURTH FLOOR GALLERY
50. NORTHEASTERN MOST COLUMN, DETAIL OF CAPITAL
51. GENERAL VIEW OF COURT LOOKING WEST FROM THIRD FLOOR GALLERY
52. GENERAL VIEW OF THE COURT LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM FOURTH FLOOR BALCONY
53. FOURTH FLOOR, GENERAL VIEW TO WEST SHOWING COLUMN CAPITAL AND FOURTH FLOOR BALCONY
South facade
West entrance detail
Terra cotta frieze detail between first and second stories depicting Calvary
Window detail


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