The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) proposes renovation and new construction for both its iconic main building facing Constitution Avenue, named the Eccles Building, and the adjacent and long vacant RFB-E Building. The Eccles Building was designed by Paul Cret in a simplified classical style, was completed in 1937, and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The FRB-E Building is currently listed on the National Register.
In an effort to meet the FRB’s need for1,750 work spaces on this overall site, the architectural firm Quinn Evans has developed three possible options so that staff now housed elsewhere in rental space can be consolidated on this site. Option B, the preferred choice, calls for partial infill of both the east and west open spaces of the Eccles Building, construction which will be visible from Constitution Avenue above the existing building. A five-story rear addition and penthouse are planned for the FRB-E Building, which would be less visible from Constitution Avenue.
The Committee of 100 has joined the project review process as a Consulting Party with the goal of mitigating as much of the adverse effects as possible, including the possible creation of a new campus plan that encompasses the Martin Building, an FRB property on C Street behind the Eccles Building.
- C100 Testimony Federal Reserve Buildings
- December 5, 2019, Richard Busch
The C100 supports Option B, the preferred choice of the architect and the Federal Reserve Board (FRB). We also support the scoping comments developed by Ms. Diane Sullivan of the Commission’s Urban Design and Plan Review Division and those provided by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the DC Preservation League.