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Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

  • Address: Pennsylvania Ave
  • Vicinity: Roughly bounded by Constitution Ave, F St, 3rd St and 15th St NW
  • Neighborhood of Penn Quarter in Washington, DC
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Pennsylvania Avenue is certainly among the world's most famous streets. While the Avenue serves work-a-day Washington as a major east-west transit route, it is known the world over as the heart of the Nation's Capital. Many Presidential inauguration parades and political protest marches have taken place along Pennsylvania Avenue. On September 30, 1965, the Secretary of the Interior, with the President's concurrence, designated it the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, encompassing the Avenue between the Capitol and the White House, and a number of blocks around it. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Pierre Charles L'Enfant Architect
1935/00/00 Henry Varnum Poor (Designer) Artist At the Robert F Kennedy Department of Justice Building, 68 murals were painted between 1935 and 1941, at a cost of $68,000, by artists including George Biddle, Henry Varnum Poor, John Steuart Curry, Boardman Robinson and Leon Kroll.
1935/00/00 George Biddle Artist George Biddle paints a mural titled "The Tenement" for the Justice Department building in Washington, DC.

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Particulars for Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Area of Significance Business
Historic Use City or Town Hall
Area of Significance Community Planning and Development
Owner Federal
Architectural Style Federal Style
Historic Use Government Office
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Architectural Style Late 19th and 20th century revivals
Architectural Style Late Victorian
Owner Local
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Monument, Marker
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Park
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Professional
Area of Significance Social History

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000865
Resource Type:
Owner: Private, Federal, Local
Architect: L'Enfant,Pierre; Multiple
Architectural Style: Late victorian, Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Federal
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Nominator Name: National Historic Site
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Community Planning and Development, Politics-government, Architecture, Art, Landscape architecture, Social history, Military
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1800-1824, 1750-1799, 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1791, c 1800, 1928
Historic Function: Government, Domestic, Landscape, Commerce, Trade, Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Government office, City Hall, Hotel, Monument, Marker, Park, Business, Professional
Current Function: Government, Domestic, Landscape, Recreation and Culture, Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Courthouse Government office Hotel Professional Business Museum Monument, Marker

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