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Sun Building

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1887, Alfred B. Mullett. 1317 F St. NW
  • The Baltimore Sun Buiding (© Franz Jantzen)

Designed for the publisher of the Baltimore Sun, the nine-story Sun Building is one of the nation's oldest surviving skyscrapers, defined by its curtain walls, its internal metal structural frame, and the interior elevator. The soaring, three-bay exterior is divided into three major sections: a two-story triple-arch base, a five-story shaft of two tiers of projecting bay windows, and a crowning section marked by paired windows. The Sun Building also is of historic interest for its association with Alfred B. Mullett's postgovernment career, during which he contributed substantially to the early development of metal frame construction.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Sun 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, 198-198.

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