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Le Droit Building

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1875, James H. McGill. 800–812 F St. NW
  • Le Droit Building (Library of Congress)
  • (Damie Stillman)

Facing the south front of the Patent Office Building, the Le Droit Building is one of the most distinctive commercial structures along commercial F Street. The upper and lower parts are definitively distinguished by a projecting cornice, supported by simple Corinthian pilasters. The lower floors are devoted to shops, the upper to office spaces. Along the third and fourth stories are five rhythmic groups of triple windows, each group crowned with brick hood molds. A heavily bracketed cornice with one triangular and two segmental pediments crowns the building. The architect also designed the buildings for the development called Le Droit Park.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Le Droit Building", [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, 193-194.

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