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Riggs Bank Sculptural Elements

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 6, 2019
1. Riggs Bank Sculptural Elements Marker
Inscription.  In 1923, The Washington Loan Trust built a new, one story stone bank at the corner of 17th & G Streets, N.W. but in 1974 the building was razed for the construction of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board building that currently stands at this location. Eleven sculptural elements from the Washington Loan & Trust Company Building are arrayed here. They depict animals carved from sandstone blocks. Seven of the ornaments had been carved into column capitals on either side of the building's window arches. These female lions once faced each other and still stand atop a group of acanthus leaves. Four owl figurines were salvaged from the keystones capping large windows. Symbolic imagery was regularly employed on financial institutions, to emphasize wisdom (owls) and strength (lions).
 
Location. 38° 53.877′ N, 77° 2.43′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from G Street Northwest just west of 17th Street Northwest, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1716 G Street Northwest, Washington DC 20006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 6, 2019
2. Riggs Bank Sculptural Elements Marker
distance of this marker. Riggs Bank Medallions (within shouting distance of this marker); Riggs Bank General History (within shouting distance of this marker); Winder Building (was about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported permanently removed. ); 1801 F Street (about 400 feet away); John Marshall (about 400 feet away); The Corcoran Gallery of Art (about 400 feet away); Renwick Gallery (about 600 feet away); These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 6, 2019
3. Additional carvings described
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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