List of Famous Washington, D.C. Buildings & Structures Buildings

List of Famous Washington, D.C. Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Washington, D.C. skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Washington, D.C. architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Washington, D.C. are included on this list. Information about these Washington, D.C. buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Washington, D.C. and older historic landmarks.

List features buildings like National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Washington, D.C.?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Washington, D.C.. Famous architectural houses within the city of Washington, D.C. are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.


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    1010 Mass

    1010 Mass is a high-rise building in Washington, D.C. The building rises 15 floors and 157 feet in height. The building was designed by architectural firm Esocoff & Associates and was completed in 2007, making it one of the most recently constructed high-rises in the city. As of July 2008, the structure ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 2007
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    1090 Vermont Avenue

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    1090 Vermont Avenue NW is a high-rise modernist office building in Washington, D.C., which is tied with the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel as the fourth-tallest commercial building in the city. The building is 187 feet high and has 12 floors. It contained about 160,000 square feet of space when it ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1980
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    1111 19th Street

    1111 19th Street is a high-rise building in Washington, D.C. The building rises 12 floors and 157 feet in height. The building was designed by architectural firm Heery International and was completed in 1979. As of July 2008, the structure stands as the 24th-tallest building in the city, tied in rank ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1979
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    1333 H Street

    1333 H Street is a high-rise building in Washington, D.C. The building rises 12 floors and 157 feet in height. It was completed in 1982. The building has been owned since 2008 by Miller Global Properties LLC, which is co-chaired by Myron Miller and Eyal Ofer of Global Holdings, who paid $130.7 million ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1982
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    1620 L Street

    1620 L Street is a high-rise building in Washington, D.C. The building rises 12 floors and 157 feet in height. The building was designed by architectural firm Smith, Segreti, Tepper, McMahon & Harned and was completed in 1989. As of July 2008, the structure stands as the 24th-tallest building in the ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1989
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    19th Street Baptist Church

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., United States, with Territories, United States of America, + more
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    The Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, also known as the Adas Israel Synagogue, is located at 701 Third Street Northwest Washington, D.C., in the Judiciary Square neighborhood. It is the oldest surviving synagogue building in the District. It was erected in 1876 by the Adas Israel Congregation. The ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1876
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    Alban Towers is an apartment building on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest Washington, D.C. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is considered to be one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Washington. It is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Late Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival architecture
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    Alexander Crummell School

    The Alexander Crummell School is an Elizabethan Revival school building, located at 1900 Gallaudet Street and Kendall Street, Northeast, Washington, D.C., in the Ivy City neighborhood.more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Renaissance architecture
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    The Volta Laboratory and the Volta Bureau were created in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. by Alexander Graham Bell. The Volta Laboratory was founded in 1880–1881 with Charles Sumner Tainter and Bell's cousin, Chichester Bell, for the research and development of telecommunication, phonograph and other ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Created By: Peabody and Stearns
    • Style: Neoclassical architecture
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    Alibi Club

    The Alibi Club is a private, traditional gentlemen's club in Washington, D.C. Its members comprise the Washington elite, including presidents, senators, and diplomats, among other prominent figures.more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Italianate architecture
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    Alma Thomas House

    The Alma Thomas House is an historic house, located at 1530 15th Street, N.W., in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Italianate architecture
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    American Federation of Labor Building

    The American Federation of Labor Building is a seven-story brick and limestone building located in Washington, D.C. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. It housed the American Federation of Labor for 40 years. The National Park Service, in 1974, described it: On July 4, 1916, at a site ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1916
    • Style: Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements
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    American Peace Society

    American Peace Society House is a Late Victorian house that was the headquarters of the American Peace Society from 1911 to 1948. It is included in the Lafayette Square Historic District, a district that is a National Historic Landmark. It is a three story brick house with a hexagonal bay. The Peace ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Victorian architecture
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    The American Institute of Pharmacy Building, also known as the Americal Pharmaceutical Association Building and the American Pharmacists Association Building is a late Beaux Arts style building in Washington, D.C., the headquarters of the American Pharmacists Association. The building, prominently ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1932
    • Created By: John Russell Pope
    • Style: Classical Revival, Beaux-Arts architecture
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    American Red Cross National Headquarters is a building in Washington, D.C. that was constructed between 1915 and 1917. It serves both as a memorial to women who served in the American Civil War and as the headquarters building for the American Red Cross. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in ...more

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    • City/Town: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Neoclassical architecture, Beaux-Arts architecture
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    American Security and Trust Company

    The American Security and Trust Company Building is a Neoclassical bank office in Washington, D.C., designed by the architectural firm of York and Sawyer. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Classical Revival
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    and 649-651 New York Avenue NW Buildings at 1000 Block of Seventh Street

    Buildings at 1000 Block of Seventh Street, and 649-651 New York Avenue NW refers to a collection of two and three story buildings in Washington D.C. which were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. They are located across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Style: Italianate architecture
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    Anthony Bowen YMCA

    Twelfth Street YMCA Building, also known as the Anthony Bowen YMCA, was home to the first African American chapter of the YMCA, founded in 1853 by Anthony Bowen. It is located at 1816 12th Street NW in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The building was reopened on February 20, 2000 as the ...more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
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    Apartment Building at 2225 N Street

    The Apartment Building at 2225 N Street in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. was constructed in 1924 by local real estate developers Harry Wardman and Eugene Waggaman. In 1994, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.more

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    • City/Town: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1924
    • Created By: Harry Wardman
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