Federal Government Building

Title

Federal Government Building

Description

One of the first office buildings in Washington, this building initially housed the Departments of State, War, and the Navy, as well as the Patent Office, the General and City Post Offices, and the offices of the Superintendent and Surveyor of the City. By 1814, only the Departments of State, War, and the Navy remained, but they were temporarily relocated when the building was damaged by British forces during the War of 1812. In 1816, all three departments returned to a renovated office building, although the Department of State moved in 1819. The Department of the Navy continued to occupy the building until it was demolished in 1884.

Source

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1801 (constructed)
1814 (burned)
1816 (rebuilt)
1884 (demolished)

Coverage

Location

17th St. near Pennsylvania. Ave., Washington, DC

Description

One of the first office buildings in Washington, this building initially housed the Departments of State, War, and the Navy, as well as the Patent Office, the General and City Post Offices, and the offices of the Superintendent and Surveyor of the City. By 1814, only the Departments of State, War, and the Navy remained, but they were temporarily relocated when the building was damaged by British forces during the War of 1812. In 1816, all three departments returned to a renovated office building, although the Department of State moved in 1819. The Department of the Navy continued to occupy the building until it was demolished in 1884.

Creator

Leonard Harbaugh

Date

1801 (constructed)

Coverage

1800-1829

Source

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. View original.