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JAWILS_970507_01.JPG: District Building
The District Building was built in 1908 as the head of the city government. It, like the Old Post Office, doesn't fit in with the architecture of the rest of the Federal Triangle office complex which was built afterward.
In 1977, Hanafi Muslims took over the building as well as the B'Nai B'Rith headquarters and the Islamic Center. During the takeover, they fired their weapons in the hallway outside the chamber where the city council was in session. In so doing, they killed a radio reporter and wounded a security guard as well as then city council member Marion Barry, who went on to become mayor of the city.
As far as I know, the City Council moved out of this building in the early 1990's but it's still used for some city functions.
This picture shows the district building in the middle. On the left side is the Ronald Reagan building. The building on the right is the US Dept of Commerce (where I work). The white bus parked outside is the mayor's transportation back to prison... No! Actually, it's a shuttle bus to bring Environmental Protection Agency workers into the Ronald Reagan building. EPA was the first agency to move any people into the new building.
The rather unusual sidewalk area in front of the District Building is part of Freedom Plaza. The image is actually a representation of L'Enfant's plan for the city.
JAWILS_970507_02.JPG: District Building; Outside sculpture
The photo shows the sculptures above the main entrance of the District Building.
Wikipedia Description: John A. Wilson Building
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The John A. Wilson Building, popularly known simply as the Wilson Building, is the building in downtown Washington, D.C. that houses the offices and chambers of the Council and the Mayor of the District of Columbia. It is located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
It was built in 1904 - 1908 as the District Building, which remained its name until 1994, when it was changed to honor John A. Wilson — the Chair of the D.C. Council who committed suicide in May 1993.
In 1995, two-thirds of the Wilson Building was leased to the Federal Government for 20 years, because it was severely deteriorated and the bankrupt city could not afford repairs. However, after Congress approved a major renovation for the building, the city was able to regain use of the entire building. However, the repair work necessitated the mayor and council to relocate temporarily to the building at One Judiciary Square until they were able to reoccupy the Wilson Building in September 2001.
In October 2006, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities opened The City Hall Arts Collection at the Wilson Building. Pieces from a diverse body of DC area artists are on public display, hung throughout the halls.
Works include a glass casting by Michael Janis of The Washington Glass School, paintings by Felrath Hines, former chief conservator of the Hirshhorn Museum, Sylvia Snowden and Mark Cameron Boyd, photographs by Alexandra Silverthorne, Harlee Little, and Max Hirshfeld, and sculpture by Jae Ko. The portrait of John A. Wilson is by renowned portrait painter Simmie Knox.
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1997 photos: Since 1984, I've lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
From 1989 to 2002, I was doing all pictures as prints (instead of slides which I had grown up on).
In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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