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, 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 currently listed on the National Register.
In an effort to meet the FRB’s need for1,750 work spaces on the 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. The preferred option 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. The Committee has submitted periodic comments generally in support of the project as it has developed.
- 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.