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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • sp

    Anyone know what the stately old building just to the left of center is–the one with the flag flying above it?

  • M P

    I think it is Agricultural Department

  • Ed Murtagh

    It is the original U.S. Department of Agriculture Headquarters Building. Built in 1868 and designed by Adolph Cluss. The two white buildings to the left are the East and West Wings of the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture Administration Building (now the Jamie L Whitten Building). It was built about 1907. The center section of the Administration Building was built later. In back of the Administration Building (the dark building) is the Auditors Building (now the Sidney R Yates Building) which is now the USDA Forest Service Headquarters.