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Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Patent Office Building

 
 
Patent Office Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 7, 2010
1. Patent Office Building Marker
Inscription.

This building was designed by
Robert Miles, Architect,
pursuant to an Act of Congress, approved July 4, 1836
for a Patent Office Building
occupied by
Department of Interior
1852-1925
United States Civil Service Commission
since 1932

 
Erected 1956 by National Capital Sesquicentennial Commission.
 
Location. 38° 53.845′ N, 77° 1.369′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from F Street, NW, west of 7th Street, NW, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the exterior wall east of the front (south side) entrance to the Smithsonian Institution, Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture - National Portrait Gallery. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln Walked Here (a few steps from this marker); General Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Daguerre Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Daguerre Monument (within shouting distance of
National Portrait Gallery (former Patent Office Building) <br>- F Street entrance image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, March 7, 2010
2. National Portrait Gallery (former Patent Office Building)
- F Street entrance
this marker); Mary Church Terrell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Roots of Freedom and Equality (about 300 feet away); The Restoration of 800 F Street (about 300 feet away); Samuel F. B. Morse (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Penn Quarter.
 
Also see . . .  Patent Office Bldg. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Smithsonian Institution; American Art Museum; National Portrait Gallery; military hospital.
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable BuildingsScience & Medicine
 
Patent Office Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. Patent Office Building Marker
Smithsonian Institution<br>Donald W. Reynolds Center<br> For American Art and Portraiture image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. Smithsonian Institution
Donald W. Reynolds Center
For American Art and Portraiture
Smithsonian American Art Museum
National Portrait Gallery
<i>U.S. Patent Office, Washington, D.C.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by W.B. Garrison, circa 1914
5. U.S. Patent Office, Washington, D.C.
The back of the postcard reads: The Patent Office ranks first among the bureaus of the Interior Department and although the building that houses it is known as "The Patent Office" it is in reality the home of the Interior Department. It has created a surplus of $7,000,000 from the fees received from inventors. There have been over 1,600,000 applications filed since the organization of the office, the patent system of which was invented by Thomas Jefferson.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,034 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 19, 2017.
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