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ACHP Moving to National Building Museum

National Building MuseumAfter 30 years, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) will move from the Old Post Office Building (OPOB) to its new offices in the historic edifice occupied by the National Building Museum.

The ACHP will be occupying the southern half of the third floor of the building. Initial plans are for moving in December 2013 or January 2014, but many details are yet to be worked out, so precise dates are not yet available.

The future home of the ACHP will be at 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C., only a few blocks from its current offices at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The National Building Museum will be the agency’s new landlord. The ACHP’s current landlord, the General Services Administration (GSA), is finalizing lease negotiations with the Trump Organization to turn the OPOB into a luxury hotel and conference center. ACHP staff and members will miss their longstanding home. However, it is reassuring to know that GSA is negotiating terms for the Trump lease that will ensure the long-term health and well-being of the OPOB as it begins the next chapter in its storied history.

The new home of the ACHP is richly historic. Completed in 1887 as the headquarters for the Pension Bureau serving Civil War veterans, the structure is a massive Italian Renaissance Revival building built of red brick and limestone. It features The Great Hall, one of the largest indoor spaces in Washington, D.C. and the home of many presidential inaugural balls beginning with Grover Cleveland’s in 1893. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

In 1985, this landmark became the home of the National Building Museum. Created by an act on Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is a private, non-profit educational organization that serves as America’s premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring all of the building arts and sciences including architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. The building is federally owned and managed by GSA. For more information about the National Building Museum, visit nbm.org. For more information about the ACHP see www.achp.gov/about.html.

Posted May 8, 2013