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Metro Operations Control Center

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1971, Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon. 600 5th St. NW

The Metro Operations Control Center exudes a purely modern and functional air, much like the underground Metro system it operates. The eight stories are divided by protruding concrete shelves, all punctured by concrete columns that rise through the building's full height. Bands of dark windows are recessed behind the columns. The upper floors house offices, while the basement levels contain computers, a parking garage, and a revenue collection area. The penthouse structure encloses the building's mechanical systems and refrigeration equipment for several nearby subway stations. The building occupies a whole city block and stands aloof from its historical surroundings.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Metro Operations Control Center", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 186-186.

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