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National League of Cities Building

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1982, Frank Schlesinger. 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
  • National League of Cities Building (Lawrence S. Williams, Inc.)

Named for its most prominent tenant, this twelve-story building was designed in concert with National Place. Its face of slightly tinted glass recedes behind precast concrete panels and sun screens. The south facade presents a formal aspect to Pennsylvania Avenue, with a wide vertical niche admitting light to windows on the full height of the atrium adjacent to the elevator. On the more exuberant 13th Street facade, notches are carved out and setbacks create an interesting checkerboard effect. The modulation of the east side creates light wells for the offices and offers street views.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


What's Nearby


Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "National League of Cities 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, 199-200.

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