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Description of Subject Matter: Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC
Issues of antitrust legislation, tariff reduction, and tax reform dominated the 1912 presidential race, which culminated in the election of Woodrow Wilson as the twenty-eighth president of the United States. Honoring his campaign promises, Wilson signed the Federal Trade Commission Act in 1914. The following year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) absorbed the duties of the Bureau of Corporations in the Department of Commerce. The FTC conducted investigations, published reports, and scrutinized industries such as meatpacking. It could challenge unfair competition and practices in trade and commerce.
The FTC occupied various sites in the District of Columbia during its early years. The Public Buildings Act of 1926 authorized Congress to fund the Federal Triangle project, a large-scale initiative to develop a 70-acre site between the White House and the U.S. Capitol with federal buildings executed in classical styles of architecture. At the urging of the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Treasury Department turned over principal design responsibilities to private architects. Edward H. Bennett of the Chicago firm Bennett, Parsons and Frost oversaw the project and designed the final building, which would become the headquarters for the FTC.
In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt laid the building cornerstone with the silver trowel that George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in 1793. In his speech, Roosevelt expressed hope that the “permanent home of the Federal Trade Commission stand for all time as a symbol of the purpose of the government to insist on a greater application of the golden rule to the conduct of corporation and business and enterprises in their relationship to the body politic.”
Located at the eastern point of the Federal Triangle, it was originally called the Apex Building. Staff moved into the building on April 21, 1938. Over the years, ...More...
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2018_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (9 photos from 2018)
2017_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (32 photos from 2017)
2016_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (2 photos from 2016)
2015_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (15 photos from 2015)
2014_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (1 photos from 2014)
2013_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (4 photos from 2013)
2012_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (1 photos from 2012)
2011_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (13 photos from 2011)
2008_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (15 photos from 2008)
2007_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (12 photos from 2007)
2006_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (4 photos from 2006)
2004_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (18 photos from 2004)
2002_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (4 photos from 2002)
1997_DC_FTC: DC -- Federal Trade Commission building (4 photos from 1997)
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.