Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Completing the Triangle
Make No Little Plans
— Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The only Federal Triangle building with both private and government offices houses the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Customs Service. James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, New York, designed the limestone exterior as a modern re-working of its neighbors' neoclassical style. The public is encouraged to explore this landmark building featuring a contemporary soaring atrium; conference, exhibit, and event spaces; and a tribute to President Reagan.
Planners of the Federal Triangle originally envisioned a "Great Plaza" here, designed as a formal French garden. However as the Federal Triangle
In 1947 President Harry S Truman dedicated a memorial here to diplomat and former Secretary of Commerce Oscar S. Straus (1850-1926). Appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt, Straus was the first Jewish cabinet member. Visible behind you on the plaza, the privately funded memorial by Adolph Weinman displays two cast-bronze sculptures: Liberty of Worship and The Voice of Reason.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 53.6′ N, 77° 1.9′ W. Marker is in Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 14th Street Northwest north of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 1/50), 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 20229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are To the Memory of Oscar S. Straus (within shouting distance of this marker); The Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Open For Business (about 400 feet away); From Workers to Environment (about 500 feet away); Flags of the World (about 600 feet away); Arts and Artists (about 700 feet away); Original Patentees Memorial (about 700 feet away); Public Art for a Modern Museum (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Federal Triangle.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 9, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 8. submitted on September 10, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 9, 10, 11. submitted on July 9, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.