Federal Triangle in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Keeping It Green
Make No Little Plans
Federal Triangle Heritage Trail
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the youngest agency housed here in the Federal Triangle. Established as an independent agency in 1970, EPA protects human health and the environment through science, transparency, and the rule of law.
This building, designed by San Francisco architect Arthur Brown, Jr., originally housed the Interstate Commerce Commission, which regulated transportation of goods between the states. Like its Federal Triangle neighbors, the building was richly finished inside with limestone and marble ornamented with decorative paintings and carvings. Adorning the pediment behind you is Wheeler Williams's Commerce and Communications, dominated by the messenger Mercury leaning against his steed while being blown through the clouds. An American eagle perches majestically over his shoulder. Just ahead is Interstate Transportation by Edward McCartan, its nude female reclining on a seahorse amid dolphins symbolizing the energy of interstate transportation.
To showcase the EPA's presence in the complex, these buildings were rehabilitated between 1994 and 2001 by the U.S. General Services
The EPA buildings overlook Constitution Avenue, the path of the old Washington Canal. Conceived by city designer Pierre L'Enfant and designed by architect Benjamin Latrobe, the canal made Tiber Creek into a navigable waterway connecting the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. Barges transported materials to build the new city via the canal. Eventually, though, the canal became an open sewer. It was paved over in the 1870s.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 12.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Environment • Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 38° 53.537′ N, 77° 1.761′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in Federal Triangle. Marker is on Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 1/50Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Making A Modern Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Developing Sustainable Practices (within shouting distance of this marker); A National Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Legacy of War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Log Called Home (about 300 feet away); Renovating the Fountain (about 300 feet away); Public Art for a Modern Museum (about 300 feet away); "Garden for Victory!" (about 300 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 499 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. 3. submitted on August 15, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on February 2, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. 5. submitted on August 15, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.