‘Banal, Generic’ Dept. of Education Building Eyed for Possible Historic Designation

Apr 8, 2016 by

The General Services Administration (GSA) is eyeing the Department of Education’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Building in Southwest Washington, D.C. for possible inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

But some critics believe that the Modernist building does not merit an historic designation.

“This is one of the most banal, generic buildings you can imagine,” Justin Shubow, president of the D.C.-based non-profit National Civic Art Society, told CNSNews.com.

According to a 2011 Determination of Eligibility by the D.C. State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the massive block-long structure, which was completed in 1961, is “eligible for listing” in the National Register.

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“For the building to be listed in the National Register, a nomination would need to be prepared by the GSA and submitted to the SHPO,” Edward Giefer, associate director of the D.C. Office of Planning, explained to CNSNews.com, adding that GSA has evaluated the building, but has not yet nominated it.

Source: ‘Banal, Generic’ Dept. of Education Building Eyed for Possible Historic Designation

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