SDSL's Cornerstone Newsletter
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September 15, 2022
September Federal Publication - Designing the Nation's Capital
According to the book Designing the Nation's Capital (2007), "At the turn of the twentieth century, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was a bustling and crowded scientific enterprise... located on the Mall, with jurisdiction over the block between Twelfth and Fourteenth streets and what are now Independence and Constitution avenues...The department had long sought expanded and improved laboratory space, but it was not until 1901 that Congress approved funds to plan a new building."
The cost of the new building could not top $2 million, though there was hope to secure more funds in future legislative sessions. The request was for the design to be a simple, fireproof construction that was "classic in character." Architecture firms fought for the winning design, dealing with hostility toward spartan building plans, dimensions, and building placement.
Designing the Nation’s Capital
The 1901 Plan for Washington, D.C.
FA 1.2:W 27/5
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