Federal Triangle in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Workers to Environment
Make No Little Plans
— Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, has occupied the majority of offices in this block since 2001. EPA West (this building), the adjacent Mellon Auditorium, and the EPA East building share once continuous, monumental façade designed by Arthur Brown, Jr. The projecting temple front of the auditorium, colonnades at both ends, and generous sculptures unify the complex.
Because this 1934 building originally housed the Department of Labor, its most prominent sculptures are monumental pediments showing products of American labor. In Abundance and Industry by Sherry Fry (west end), the female figure symbolizing abundance pours from a vase of apples and pomegranates, the fruits of industry. In Labor and Industry by Albert Stewart (east end), the male figure portraying industry sits amid corn and wheat, the fruits of the soil.
The Labor Department was created to promote the welfare of workers, improve their working conditions, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. Frances Perkins, the first secretary
Edgar Walter's colossal Columbia holding the torch of freedom crowns the ornate portico behind you. Six Doric columns mark the entrance to the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, named in 1987 in honor of the treasury secretary who spearheaded the creation of Federal Triangle. The auditorium hosted President Franklin Roosevelt as he read numbers drawn in the nation's first peacetime draft lottery, conducted less than a year before the United States entered World War II. After the war, the NATO treaty was signed in the same auditorium.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions. In addition, it is included in the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2001.
Location. 38° 53.537′ N, 77° 1.847′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in Federal Triangle. Marker is on Constitution Avenue NW (U.S. 1/50) east of 14th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerPublic Art for a Modern Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Renovating the Fountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Legacy of War (about 300 feet away); The Division (about 300 feet away); How Mushrooms Help Us (about 300 feet away); Making A Modern Museum (about 300 feet away); A National Museum (about 300 feet away); Keeping It Green (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northwest Washington.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2021. 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.