GSA Observes National Preservation Month
Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building in Washington, D.C.
By Sarah Garner
General Services Administration
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2011 – GSA joins the nation in “Celebrating America’s Treasures” for National Preservation Month this May.
Throughout the GSA inventory are many fascinating places that have contributed to the stories of America.
GSA’s historic buildings include custom houses, courthouses, post offices, border stations, and federal office buildings across the United States and its territories. Many are grand structures designed to serve symbolic and ceremonial, as well as functional, purposes — Greek Revival, Romanesque, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and Neoclassical monuments symbolizing the permanence and stature of the federal government.
These buildings have also served as beacons of hope in times of devastation and tragedy. From the Lewis F. Powell U.S. Courthouse –which was one of only two buildings still standing in downtown Richmond, Va., after the 1865 fires set by Confederate troops as they evacuated the city – to the U.S. Custom House in New Orleans, La. – which withstood Hurricane Katrina in 2005 – our public buildings have reinforced the federal presence and anchored community recovery efforts.
During National Preservation Month, GSA’s Center for Historic Buildings encourages you to learn something new about the historic buildings in our inventory and the contributions GSA, as proud steward of these properties, makes each year to maintaining our country’s architectural and cultural heritage.
To begin your exploration, journey through American history and 400 years of public architecture as it evolved with the nation in our interactive timeline.