In December 2019, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) presented to the National Capital Planning Commission its proposal for new construction and renovation of its iconic building facing Constitution Avenue, named the Eccles Building, and the adjacent and long-vacant FRB-E Building. The Eccles Building, completed in 1937, was designed by Paul Cret in a simplified classical style and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The FRB-E Building is already on the National Register. The Committee of 100 (C100) joined the review process for the current project in 2020 as a Consulting Party with the goal of mitigating as much of the adverse effects as possible.
The FRB seeks to provide 1,750 work spaces on the site, and has retained the architectural firm Quinn Evans to achieve that end so that staff now housed elsewhere in rental space can be consolidated there. The preferred Quinn Evans option calls for partial infill of both east and west open spaces of the Eccles Building, construction which will be visible from Constitution Avenue . A five-story rear addition and penthouse are planned for the FRB-E Building, which will be less visible from Constitution Avenue. Every effort will be made to protect the historic integrity of the Eccles Building. Significant landscape disruption will take place around these buildings in order to create three levels of underground parking and new employee services. Relandscaping will be guided by current security requirements and what was there earlier.
The review process is nearing completion, with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ready for signing in September 2021. The C100 is pleased to have had included in that MOA a proposed website, virtual tour, and brochure to eventually assist site visitors in their understanding of its importance.
- C100 Comments FRB - MOA For Final Review
- August 23, 2021, Richard Busch
The C100 endorses the Board's provision in the MOA to submit draft content of the website, brochure, and signage to the State Historic Preservation Officer for review and comment.
- C100 Letter Federal Reserve Buildings Renovations
- July 15, 2020, Richard Busch
The C100 supports the proposed continuing plans for building restoration, infill buildings, mitigation and further development of this site.
- C100 Comments Federal Reserve Buildings Renovations
- June 12, 2020, Richard Busch
On behalf of the Trustees of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100). I am pleased to voice its strong support for the Cultural Landscape Assessment prepared by the architectural firm Quinn Evans on this project.
- 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.