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National Public Radio Headquarters

Original Name: Bell & Potomac Telephone
Year Of Construction: 1926
Address: 1111 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Current Status: In use as NPR Headquarters
Original Use: Telephone Exchange

This building was constructed in 1926 for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company. It is one of the few examples of industrial loft warehouse architecture in the District. The primary façade material is limestone and it is fashioned into an articulate read of pilasters and spandrels that frame large expanses of windows. Occasionally visible from the exterior are cast concrete mushroom-like columns, one of the primary elements of the building’s structural skeleton. The building was acquired and remodeled by National Public Radio in 2008 to serve as their headquarters. While there were extensive additions and interior alterations in a very different character, the windows of the original facades were redone with very sympathetic replacements.