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Metropolitan Square

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1986, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. 15th and F streets NW

Metropolitan Square incorporates three landmarks and weaves the Garfinckel's Department Store building and several others into a complex covering an entire block. The project grew out of an eleventh-hour confrontation between the developer and the historic preservation community. The surviving buildings on the block, the Metropolitan Bank Building and the Keith-Albee Theater were preserved as facades in front of a new twelve-story structure because review bodies preferred a continuous wall of Beaux-Arts facades along 15th Street. The third landmark, the interior of Old Ebbitt Grill, was located behind the Keith-Albee triple-arch entry arcade.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


What's Nearby


Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Metropolitan Square", [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, 201-201.

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