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USTR_970808_01.JPG: Winder Bldg
The Winder Building was built in 1848 and was the first "high-rise" office building in Washington DC. (No building in Washington can be taller than the Washington Monument so the term is used a little unusually here.) It was also the first building in Washington DC constructed with steal beams and warmed by a central hot water heating system.
It was named after General William Winder who had lost the Battle of Bladensburg to the British invaders in 1814. By the time of the Civil War, it provided office space for the head of the Army. In early 1861, Winfield Scott met with Robert E Lee here and asked him to consider taking over the Union troops if war should break out with the South. Francis Blair met again later with Lee at the Blair House where the suggestion was more forcibly made but Lee couldn't fight against his native state and returned to Arlington House to write up his resignation and side with the Confederates instead.
Located just a block away from the White House, the Winder Building served as office space for several Union commanders from Winfield Scott to Ulysses Grant and President Lincoln came over each day for war dispatches. Signal operators worked on the roof coordinating communication with the defensive forts that were built around the city. The fifth floor was made into a hospital in 1862. (I worked on this floor for several years when I worked for the Office of the US Trade Representive.)
Toward the end of the war, most of the offices of the military judiciary were located in the building. In this capacity, it became the command post for the efforts to capture and try the Lincoln assassination conspirators.
Wikipedia Description: Winder Building
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The Winder Building is an office building in Washington, D.C., just west of the White House. It is located at 604 17th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C..
It was designed by Richard A. Gilpin, (or Robert Mills), for W. H. Winder, a nephew of Gen. William H. Winder. It was leased as government offices. The government purchased it in 1854 for $200,000. It was originally covered in stucco, which was stripped and brick painted. The windows have been replaced. The building is maintained by General Services Administration and occupied by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, since 1981.
It was threatened with demolition in 1974. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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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.
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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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