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Big Box: 1925

Big Box: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Transportation Building, corner 17th and H Sts." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
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Transportation Building (1923-1971)


Washington Post, August 19, 1923.

Railroad Offices Will Concentrate in Structure Here

Suitable Conference Room for Executives

The imposing office building in the course of construction at Seventeenth and H streets northwest, and known as the Transportation building, will be completed by October 15, according to announcement made yesterday by the Real Estate Investment Company, managing agent for the property.

The structure occupies the site of the old Richmond hotel, razing of which was started last October, and actual construction of the Transportation building was begun last January. …


Washington Post, March 16, 1924.

Himes Takes Title to Transportation 10-Story Building

The ten-story office building at the northeast corner of Seventeenth and H streets northwest, recently completed and known as the Transportation building has been purchased by Joseph H. Himes, former member of Congress from Ohio. … The Transportation building, of the largest new office buildings in the city, is of Indiana limestone and contains 396 office rooms, in addition to a large lobby and store area on the ground floor. … The property has frontage of 120 feet on H street and 206 feet on Seventeenth street, giving a combined frontage of 326 feet, and in addition is bordered on the north and east by a public alley. … The building was erected by George A. Fuller Construction Company. Donn & Deming, and Waddy B. Wood were associate architects.


Washington Post, March 13, 1971.

A downtown landmark will be razed in April at the northeast corner of 17th and H Streets NW., where the 48-year-old Transportation Building will give way to a new 12-story structure designed by Weihe Black and Jeffries to have 334,000 square feet of gross space. … The new building will have four levels of interior parking. The present building was the first large downtown office building to be erected northwest of the White House.

 
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