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Herbert C. Hoover Building

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Identification

Herbert C. Hoover Building
Department of Commerce Building
270128

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
pile foundation
neo-classicism

Usages

governmental office
aquarium

Facts

  • This building houses the United States Department of Commerce and is named for President Herbert C. Hoover, who also served as Commerce Secretary early in the agency's development.
  • Upon completion, it was purportedly the largest office building in the world.
  • The principal designer of the building was Louis Ayres.
  • It overlooks the Ellipse to the west.
  • The building includes more than 3,300 rooms and six courtyards. It stretches 3 city blocks north-to-south.
  • In addition to the Department of Commerce functions, the building also houses the White House Visitors Center at the northwest corner, and the National Aquarium in the basement.

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Location

201-449 15th Street NW, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, 200-450 14th Street NW, 1400 E Street NW
1401 Constitution Avenue NW
20230
Washington
District of Columbia
U.S.A.

Technical Data

83.25 ft
7
1
1927
1932

Involved Companies

York & Sawyer

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