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Southwest Federal Center in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Yates Building

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 22, 2017
1. Yates Building Marker
Inscription.  
This building was originally constructed in 1881 for use by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In an effort to fireproof the building and protect it contents, only stone, brick and metal materials were used in its construction. By 1907 the Bureau had outgrown the building and moved out. Auditors for the Navy, Treasury, and State Departments then occupied the building which became known for most of the 20th century as the Auditor's Building. The term "red tape was coined during their tenure here, as employees wrapped bills they had audited in red binding tape.

In 1985 major renovation and restoration work commenced to prepare for the Forest Service occupancy which began in the spring of 1990. Two types of slate used during the construction of the building are still visible in the building's interior. On the stair case in front of you, the original maroon slate treads quarried in Pennsylvania were flipped during the renovation for reuse. The square black tiles on the entry floor (today's second floor) came from Virginia. On January 3, 1999 Congress officially renamed the Auditor's building the Sydney R. Yates Federal Building
Yates Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 27, 2017
2. Yates Building Marker
to honor the former congressman who served on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies for many years.
 
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureGovernment & Politics.
 
Location. 38° 53.246′ N, 77° 1.927′ W. Marker is in Southwest Federal Center in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street Southwest and Independence Avenue Southwest on 14th Street Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 14th Street Southwest, Washington DC 20227, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Escape Across the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); James Wilson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilson Memorial Arch (about 300 feet away); The General Dwight David Eisenhower Plaza (about 300 feet away); Smokey Bear Blue Spruce (about 300 feet away); Raoul Wallenberg Place (about 400 feet away); Jean Hillery and Thomas Quadros (about 400 feet away); Washington: The Man (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Federal Center.
 
Sidney R. Yates image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2019
3. Sidney R. Yates

The Honorable
Sidney R. Yates
Member of Congress
1949 to 1962 and 1965 to 1998

To commemorate forty-eight years of public service of the highest order in the U.S. House of Representatives; his unyielding, inspired promotion of human dignity; his dedication to conserving our country’s forests and all of our most precious natural resources; his promotion of the arts and humanities; and in recognition of the dignity and honor in which he served as United States Representative from the State of Illinois and symbolic of the prominence with which he and his career will be remembered, on January 3, 1999, this landmark was named the Sidney R. Yates Federal Building.
Sidney R. Yates image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2019
4. Sidney R. Yates
Come Visit Smokey image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2019
5. Come Visit Smokey
Smokey Bear image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2019
6. Smokey Bear
in his office in the Yates Building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on February 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on November 27, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on June 2, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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