Federal Triangle in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Protecting Consumers and Competition
Make No Little Plans
— Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
This is the Federal Trade Commission Building, home of the agency that defends the public against unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices. One of the older independent Federal agencies, the FTC was created in 1914 and has occupied this site since the building was completed in 1938. It works to protect the competitive marketplace and interests of consumers through litigation, consumer and business education, public hearings, and enforcement of regulations such as the Do Not Call rule.
Considered the capstone of the Federal Triangle project, the FTC building stands at the apex of the Triangle. As the Great Depression deepened in the 1930s, Congress twice cut funding for the project, which originally called for costly Beaux Arts embellishments similar to those on other Federal Triangle buildings. Eventually Congress funded Edward H. Bennett's simpler, less ornamented "stripped classicism" designs.
Softening the building's severity is artwork illustrating trade activities. Exquisitely detailed aluminum night gates depict the maritime industry's evolution, while bas-reliefs above each entrance
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco, and the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 38° 53.56′ N, 77° 1.22′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in Federal Triangle. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and 6th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew W. MellonNational Intelligencer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Avenue (about 300 feet away); National Council of Negro Women (about 400 feet away); Market Space: Yesterday’s Town Square (about 400 feet away); Grand Army of the Republic (about 500 feet away); Ending Slavery in Washington (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northwest Washington.
Additional keywords. Sculptors: Carl Schmitz, Robert Laurent, Chaim Gross
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 619 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on September 6, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on July 21, 2021, by Ray Gurganus of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 25, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.