Yates Building

Yates Building (HM23BT)

Location: Washington, DC 20227
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.246', W 77° 1.927'

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This building was originally constructed in 1881 for use by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In an effort to fireproof the building and protect it contents, only stone, brick and metal materials were used in its construction. By 1907 the Bureau had outgrown the building and moved out. Auditors for the Navy, Treasury, and State Departments then occupied the building which became known for most of the 20th century as the Auditor's Building. The term "red tape was coined during their tenure here, as employees wrapped bills they had audited in red binding tape.

In 1985 major renovation and restoration work commenced to prepare for the Forest Service occupancy which began in the spring of 1990. Two types of slate used during the construction of the building are still visible in the building's interior. On the stair case in front of you, the original maroon slate treads quarried in Pennsylvania were flipped during the renovation for reuse. The square black tiles on the entry floor (today's second floor) came from Virginia. ON January 3, 1999 Congress officially renamed the Auditor's building the Sydney R. Yates Federal Building to honor the former congressman who served on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies for many years.
HM NumberHM23BT
Placed ByForest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Date Added Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323749 N 4306247
Decimal Degrees38.88743333, -77.03211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.246', W 77° 1.927'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 14.76" N, 77° 1' 55.62" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 14th St SW, Washington DC 20227, US
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