Eisenhower Executive Office Building

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As you stand on the western end of the White House you will be facing one of the most staggering buildings in what is a city of staggering buildings. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is officially at 1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW, but in reality it’s where New York Ave and 17th Street meet. This colossus was built between 1871 and 1888 to house the Departments of State, War, and the Navy, and is one of the finest examples of French Second Empire architecture (mostly baroque, but with mansard roofs).

The building is now the location of most of the White House staff, including a secondary office for the Vice President. A picturesque view of the Eisenhower Building is found by standing just south in President’s Park, where it will be framed by trees, flowers, and the First Division Monument, a 78 foot tall memorial to the first division soldiers in all wars since World War I. The monument consists of a massive, single-piece, granite column topped by a gilded bronze statue of Victory. As you look towards the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, think about this: there are 900 columns and 1,572 windows on its exterior.

Unfortunately, due to the high-security offices inside, tours are not available.


1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom
Farragut West

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