Washington, DC is one of the nation’s most historic cities — but it has also undergone significant and striking transformations as its diverse neighborhoods have modernized throughout the twentieth century. These then-and-now images showcase the development of some of the city’s most iconic streets and structures, giving you a glimpse into Washington’s past and present.
1. National Press Building
An imposing building poised on the corner of 14th and F Streets NW, the National Press Building is a business center and professional hub for journalists and those in the communications, government information, and news industries. Built in 1925 on the site of the historic Ebbitt House Hotel (pictured, 1880), the building was initially envisioned “as a haven for Washington reporters to relax, enjoy a drink and play cards”. President Calvin Coolidge laid the cornerstone for the 14-story building – the largest private office building in Washington at the time – which opened in 1927 with a spacious Club on the top two floors.
It underwent renovations in the mid-1980s and now includes a variety of shops, restaurants, workspaces, and event facilities – including a 25,775-square-foot Marshall’s – with the world-renowned National Press Club still occupying the top two floors. And one more note of trivia: similar to the White House, the National Press Building city block has its own zip code – 20045.
The iconic building changed hands in May 2016 for $155.5 million. NJ-based Normandy Real Estate Partners purchased the 491,000-square-foot property from Quadrangle Development Co. and AEW Capital Management.