GSA Poster Series Highlights Historic Lafayette Square

By Sarah Garner
General Services Administration

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 – The GSA Center for Historic Buildings has released the 11th set in a series of award-winning posters and brochures highlighting historic federal properties throughout the nation.

The series once again showcases the rich architectural legacy of the most significant historic buildings under GSA stewardship.

The five properties selected to be featured in posters this year have stood at the forefront of American history for more than a century.

Still under construction when the Civil War began, the Ammi Burnham Young-designed U.S. Custom House in Charleston, S.C., survived heavy shell damage during the conflict, which ultimately delayed its completion until 1879.

Anticipating increased commerce when construction of the Panama Canal began at the turn of the 20th century, the government allocated funding for the U.S. Custom House in San Francisco, Calif. and announced a design competition. St. Louis architectural firm Eames & Young received the commission to design the building.

Designs by prominent American architect Arthur Brown Jr., a graduate of the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts, are featured in a poster of the Environmental Protection Agency East and Environmental Protection Agency West buildings in Washington, D.C.

The Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building on the Washington Mall – designed by Rankin, Kellogg, and Crane for the U.S. Department of Agriculture – set the standard for classically inspired federal buildings during the early 20th century.

Finally, the picturesque Lafayette Square, across from the White House and also known as the President’s Park, is highlighted in a special-release color poster.

The 2011 brochure series also features the following properties:

-Alexander Pirnie Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Utica, N.Y.;
-Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Trenton, N.J.;
-U.S. Custom House, Charleston, S.C.;
-Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, Detroit, Mich.;
-Richard Sheppard Arnold U.S. Courthouse, Little Rock, Ark.;
-Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Fargo, N.D.;
-U.S. Custom House, San Francisco, Calif.;
-Richard B. Anderson Federal Building, Port Angeles, Wash.;
-Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, Washington, D.C.;
-Environmental Protection Agency East and West, Washington, D.C.
-Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

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