One of My Favorite Buildings in DC – The “Alexander Graham Bell Laboratory”

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3414 Volta Place, NW

I haven’t passed by this one in years. I forgot how awesome it is. Officially this is the Volta Laboratory and Bureau:

The current building, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, was constructed in 1893 under the direction of Alexander Graham Bell to serve as a center of information for deaf and hard of hearing persons. Bell, best known for receiving the first telephone patent in 1876, was also a prominent figure of his generation in the education of the deaf. His grandfather, father and elder brother were teachers of speech and the younger Bell worked with them.

Lots more awesome history here and here.

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