Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Protecting Consumers and Competition
Make No Little Plans
— Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
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 show
You are standing in the Federal Triangle, a group of buildings whose grandeur symbolizes the power and dignity of the United States. Located between the White House and the Capitol, these buildings house key agencies of the U.S. Government.
The Federal Triangle is united by the use of neoclassical revival architecture, drawing from styles of ancient Greece and Rome that have influenced public buildings throughout the ages. Although each structure was designed for a specific government department or agency, they all share limestone façades, red-tiled roofs and classical colonnades. Their architectural features, following traditions of the Parisian School of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-Arts), illustrate each building's original purpose. Most of the Federal Triangle was constructed between
In 1791 Pierre L'Enfant designed a city plan for the new cpaital in Washington under the direction of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The L'Enfant Plan overlaid broad avenues on a street grid with areas reserved for prominent buildings and parks. This area originally followed L'Enfant's vision as a center for businesses serving the municipal and federal governments. By the time of the Civil War (1861-1865), it had become a hodgepodge of boarding houses, stables, and light industry. This disarray, and the growing need for government office space, led to calls for redevelopment. In 1901 the Senate Park Commission, known as the McMillan Commission, created a new plan for Washington's parks and monumental areas and redefined the Triangle as a government center. In 1926 Congress authorized a massive building program that drew inspiration from classical architecture to create today's monumental Federal Triangle.
Make No Little Plans: Federal Triangle Heritage Trail is an Official Washington, D.C. Walking Trail. The self-guided, 1.75-mile tour of 16 signs offers about one hour of gentle exercise. Its theme comes from "Make no little plans, they have no magic
For more information on Federal Triangle buildings, please visit www.gsa.gov. For more information on DC neighborhoods and walking tours, please visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org.
Make No Little Plans: Federal Triangle Heritage Trail is produced by the U.S. General Services Administration in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation and Cultural Tourism DC.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 16.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.56′ N, 77° 1.22′ W. Marker is in Federal Triangle, District of Columbia, in Washington. 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. Mellon (within shouting distance of this marker); National Intelligencer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Avenue 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 Federal Triangle.
Additional keywords. Sculptors: Carl Schmitz, Robert Laurent, Chaim Gross
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 3 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, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on August 25, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.