Lafayette Building – Washington DC

Started:
Completed:
Quality of Information:
Marked:
Site Survival:
View Project in a Separate Window

Description

The Lafayette Building was the home of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), an important funding agency created by Herbert Hoover in 1932 and then greatly expanded by Franklin Roosevelt during the New Deal years.  The RFC held an important financial role in America all the way through World War II

The Lafayette Building was built in 1939-1940 with private funding, through a newly-created Lafayette Building Corporation (LBC). However, the RFC “was directly involved in planning the building that would be their headquarters… [and] The RFC Mortgage Company purchased the Lafayette Building Corporation’s outstanding stock on April 16, 1941, and a month later it took over all of LBC’s assets” (National Historic Landmark Nomination, 2005).

Another of the original tenants of the Lafayette Building, the Export-Import Bank (created in 1934), still resides in the building today.

The Lafayette Building is a National Historic Landmark.

Source notes

Lafayette Building,” National Historic Landmark Nomination, National Park Service, 2005 (accessed September 1, 2020).

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on September 1, 2020.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

Location Info


811 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

Coordinates: 38.9004, -77.0345

Leave a Reply

Before leaving a comment, please note:

  • Comments allow viewers to share information with others or alert us to errors or changes in a New Deal site.
  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click below.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.