Building Pride

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Posted October 29, 2004

What do the movies Flashdance, Batman Forever, Ferris Buehler, and Absence of Malice have in common? They used GSA historic buildings as locations for filming. Under an innovative GSA program, legacy properties continue to be showcased in commercial film and television productions. Revenues generated by this program are reinvested in the historic inventory.

GSA’s Center for Historic Buildings is producing its own films and videos to profile architecturally exceptional buildings that have undergone major modernizations. Completed or nearing completion are programs on the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio; the Byron R. White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, Colorado; the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in Louisville, Kentucky; the Pioneer U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon; and the U.S. Courthouse/Memorial Hall in Natchez, Mississippi. You can review the complete list of GSA’s historic buildings by location or architect.

GSA commemorates many of its most significant historic buildings through the Public Buildings Heritage Program posters and brochures series. Contact one of GSA’s Historic Preservation Officers to request copies.

Pictured: Since the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City was used in The Front in 1976, other movies and commercials, including Batman Forever, have filmed at this location.

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