Construction of the south and east wings, July 1, 1874. With the
State Department wing nearing completion, work began on the foundations
for the Navy, east wing.
(National Archives Records Administration)
Next door to the White House, the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB)
commands a unique position in both our national history and architectural
heritage. Designed by Supervising Architect of the Treasury, Alfred B.
Mullett, it was built from 1871 to 1888 to house the growing staffs of
Departments, and is considered one of the best
examples of French Second Empire architecture in the country. In bold
contrast to many of the somber classical revival buildings in Washington,
the OEOB's flamboyant style epitomizes the optimism and exuberance of the
post-Civil War period.
The War Department's north wing dressed up for the 4th of July,ca.
(Library of Congress)