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History of the U.S.S.Co. Building

by Prince Of Petworth May 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

On Tuesday we admired the U.S.S.Co. Building located at 10th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Thanks to a reader for sending in some great background info. He writes:

“It was, believe it or not, a storage warehouse built for the United States Storage Company in 1909, when making utilitarian buildings look perfunctory and ugly wasn’t in style yet.”

Some background info from LOC:

Significance: The tallest structure on Square 348, the U.S. Storage Building is an excellent example of early 20th Century design solutions for multistory commercial buildings. The powerful scale and rich articulation of this Late Romanesque Revival building is derivative of the designs of Louis Sullivan, who helped pioneer multistory design at the turn of the 20th Century. The building’s intrinsic design merit, combined with its use of similar materials, relates it to the surrounding streetscape.

USSCo History

From November 10, 1984 issue of Washington Post


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