Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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— Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
Across the street the Department of Commerce's Herbert C. Hoover Building anchors the Federal Triangle, just as the department - with its mission of promoting trade, supporting economic development, and strengthening the competitiveness of American companies - historically anchors the U.S. economy. Upon completion in 1932, the building was the world's largest office complex, covering almost eight acres and filling three city blocks with 3,300 rooms. It brought under one roof offices that had been scattered among 20 locations in Washington. The massive Hoover Building has six interior courtyards that bring light and air into offices. Exterior sculptures, plaques, and inscriptions illustrate the department's wide-ranging activities.
The monumental structure reflects the nation's prosperity when Louis Ayres of the New York firm of York and Sawyer designed it and when President Herbert Hoover laid the cornerstone in May 1929. A few months later, however, the world economy crashed, launching the Great Depression. Fortunately, construction on the Federal Triangle proceeded creating jobs that became harder to find as the depression
When the Commerce Department was founded in 1903, it took in the Census Bureau (established in 1790), Bureau of Navigation (1789), Lighthouse Service (1789), Patent Office (1802), Coast and Geodetic Survey (1807), Bureau of Steamboat Inspection (1838), and Bureau of Fisheries (1871). When the building was complete, it also housed the bureaus of Mines, Foreign and Domestic Commerce, and Aeronautics, as well as the Radio Division. Changing times have consolidated or eliminated many bureaus, but the department's mission of supporting the American economy remains constant.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1929.
Location. 38° 53.658′ N, 77° 1.905′ W. Marker is in Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 14th Street Northwest south of D Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north. Located in front of the Ronald Reagan Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers To the Memory of Oscar S. Straus (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander Robey Shepherd (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Completing the Triangle (about 400 feet away); Washington, DC: Capital and City (about 400 feet away); The John A. Wilson Building (about 400 feet away); Marion Barry, Jr. (about 500 feet away); The Division (about 600 feet away); Flags of the World (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Federal Triangle.
Also see . . . Herbert C. Hoover Building. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 29, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on July 8, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 13, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4. submitted on July 8, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.