Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Equal Justice Under the Law
Make No Little Plans
— Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
For the Department's first permanent home, Philadelphia architects Clarence C. Zantzinger and Charles I. Borie, Jr., showcased bold yet elegant Art Deco ornamentation. The 20-foot-high night doors just ahead and most of the building's decorative fixtures are made of aluminum instead of traditional bronze. Colorful mosaics by Washingtonian John Joseph Earley adorn entranceway ceilings. C. Paul
Inside the building are distinctive 1930s-era murals illustrating how law and justice improve American life. Painter George Biddle, one of the artist, had persuaded his friend and schoolmate President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fund public murals. Roosevelt's New Deal went on to commission important works of civic art throughout the Federal Triangle and the nation.
The building was named the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in 2001 to honor the slain former attorney general.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Government & Politics • Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 53.54′ N, 77° 1.54′ W. Marker is in Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 1/50) and 10th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west on Constitution Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Solomon G. Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Cedar of Lebanon (within shouting distance of this marker); Colossal Head 4 (replica) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nathan Hale (about 400 feet away); The American Elm that Grew Along with America (about 400 feet away); Our Tax Dollars (about 600 feet away); Temple for Our History (about 600 feet away); Pollinator Profile: Hummingbirds (about 600 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 441 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 21, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.