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Federal Triangle: 1935

Federal Triangle: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Post Office Department Building (Old Post Office Building or Pavilion). Old (far left) and new Post Office Department." The "new" building, inspired by the Place Vendome in Paris, is now the Ariel Rios Federal Building. 8x10 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

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First Time I Saw a President of the United States...

...was outside of the Pavilion on a family trip in 1991. I was twelve at the time. We had just finished shopping and eating lunch there, and left the building when we noticed some Secret Service agents on the street corners. My dad, never one to be shy, walked right up to one and asked him what was going on, and we were told the President was about to pass by. Sure enough, about ten minutes later, here comes Bush Sr. in his motorcade. I thought it was pretty cool.

Still looks the same, sorta

The view here is looking south on 12th Street NW at Pennsylvania Avenue. 12th Street is now one-way northbound. Peeking down 12th Street between the buildings, the Department of Agriculture is still across the Mall but the view is now blocked by the Museum of American History. 12th Street now exits a tunnel under the Mall.

The Old Post Office is now closed and being converted to a luxury hotel by Donald Trump. In the 1960s the parking area in front of the Old PO was two or three bus lanes, this was the point of origin for Alexandria and South Arlington bound buses. Today the Federal Triangle is a Metro station and EPA offices (the entrances still have "Post Office Deptartment" in stone over doors).

Ariel Rios Building

Now the William Jefferson Clinton Building and headquarters of the EPA.

Point of view, old & new

The photographer took this from the "new" Raleigh Hotel (constructed after the original was razed in 1911) on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Nice building - let's hide it with trees

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