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January 26, 2010 D.C. Preservation League, GSA, U.S. Tax Court, Victor Lundy

RSVP Today: Tour of Victor Lundy’s U.S. Tax Court – Feb. 27

The D.C. Preservation League (DCPL), as part of its DC Modern programming, and the General Services Administration (GSA) will host a rare tour of Victor Lundy’s U.S. Tax Court from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27. Read here for costs and how to make reservations. The court is located here at 400 2nd St., NW.

From the DCPL description of the building and tour: “Described as Washington’s most ‘monumental’ modern masterpiece, the Tax Court was designed in 1966 and constructed in 1974. The exterior and interior of the building remain remarkably intact, a testament to the plans, selection of building materials, and innovative engineering employed by Lundy. … Participants will marvel at the 4,000-ton cantilevered courtroom block, soaring public hall, elegant bush-hammered concrete interior, teak and hemlock finishes and internal suspended glass bridge system. Don’t miss the opportunity to see first-hand this striking and highly sculptural example of mid-century Modernist architecture.”

The Tax Court was added to the list of DC historic sites in 2008 and was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as part of GSA’s efforts to preserve the federal government’s key modernist buildings. You can read (and see) more about GSA’s efforts in this excellent publication, Growth, Efficiency and Modernism: GSA Buildings of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. You can even download posters of some of the most important federal modern buildings, including Lundy’s U.S. Tax Court.

I look forward to finally seeing the inside of the building, which I passed every day for years going to my old office just two block away.

A recent shot I took of the U.S. Tax Court.


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