The Federal Triangle
is a triangular
area in Washington, D.C.
formed by 15th Street NW, Constitution Avenue NW
, Pennsylvania Avenue NW
, and E Street NW. Federal Triangle is occupied by 10 large city and federal office buildings, all of which are part of the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
. Seven of the buildings in Federal Triangle were built by the U.S. federal government in the early and mid 1930s as part of a coordinated construction plan that has been called "one of the greatest building projects ever undertaken",Lee, Antionette Josephine. Architects to the Nation: The Rise and Decline of the Supervising Architect's Office.
New York: Oxford University Press US, 2000, p. 241. ISBN 0195128222 and all seven are architecturally historic. The Federal Triangle Washington Metro
station serves Federal Triangle and the surrounding area.
Federal Triangle name
The name "Federal Triangle" appears to have been a journalistic invention. The press made reference to a "Pennsylvania Avenue Triangle" as early as November 18, 1916,"The Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew W. Mellon." New York Times.
May 26, 1929."Revenue Building Cornerstone Laid By Mellon In Rain." Washington Post.
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