Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Purchased by United States Government 1852
President Lincoln was a constant visitor during the trying days of the war and received here the latest despaches by wire from the Army in the west and by courier from the southern front. In addition to conferences with his military commanders, it is recorded that he often came at night to talk to prisoners held in the cells...
Erected 1950 by National Capital Sesquicentennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 600 17th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Riggs Bank Medallions (within shouting distance of this marker); Riggs Bank General History (within shouting distance of this marker); Riggs Bank Sculptural Elements (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (about 400 feet away); The Corcoran Gallery of Art (about 400 feet away); These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns (about 400 feet away); State, War, and Navy Building (about 500 feet away); Executive Office Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
Also see . . . Winder Building HABS Documentation. Documentation from the Historic American Building Survey. Includes architectural diagrams and a set of photos dating to the 1970s. (Submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Building was restored as a General Services Administration project.
My construction company restored the Winder
The Winder Building received a new roof new exterior stucco, new windows with seeded glass as was used in 1850. We also performed interior work the building, installed new elevators and rehabbed the entire building. Since there was no concrete in those days the floors were a series of brick arches. Sand was then laid over the brick to level the floor and then bluestone or slate was placed over it. When Winder built the building, he constructed the first central heating plant with a series of brick flues but I understand it never worked.
The architect for the project was Max Urbahn and he prepared a wonderful book of the history of the building including copies of letters between Winder and the Government negotiating the price for the building. I had one of the books but lost track of it years ago. If anyone is familiar with the book I would like to replace it.
Arthur Herman (ADHERMAN Construction Co. Inc.)
— Submitted March 2, 2011, by Arthur Herman of Oyster Bay Cove, New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,191 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on May 12, 2019, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.