Thursday, May 15, 2008
Yates Federal Building
This lovely brick building at 1400 Independence Avenue SW is the Sidney R. Yates Federal Building and is part of the larger U.S. Department of Agriculture complex on the other side of 14th Street. It houses offices of the U.S. Forest Service, which is charged with the care and maintenance of America's forestlands.
The Yates Building was originally called the Auditors Main Building. As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum expanded in the mid-1980s, buildings were demolished to make room for office space. The Yates Building is named for the late U.S. representative from Illinois, Sidney R. Yates. Yates was a proponent of the arts and was instrumental in financing the embattled National Endowment for the Arts. He also was chairman of the Appropriations Interior Subcommittee in the U.S. House, which had budgetary oversight for national forests.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 3/08