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Old Executive Office Building Under Construction

One of the most beautiful buildings in Washington, the Old Executive Office Building looked like this while it was being built.
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Check this out … what a fascinating old stereographic photo of the Old Executive Office Building, then known as the State, War, and Navy Building, adjacent to the White House.

John DeFerrari posted a great history of the building on his site, and we have a few great posts on Ghosts of DC as well.

Here's a circa 1876 stereoview image of the Old Executive Office Building under construction just as the south wing (for the State Department) was nearing completion. You can see just a tiny bit of the old Navy Department building--one of the original ones designed by George Hadfield--on the right, behind the new building. It would take 17 years to finish the whole thing.
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Source: Flickr user streetsofwashington

Thanks to a man we greatly admire, John DeFerrari, one of the preeminent DC historians with a great blog you should check out.

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