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  • The Design and Construction of the West Stairs

    The Design and Construction of the West Stairs

    Much of what is known about the construction details of the west stairs in the west wing of the Treasury building is through a few architectural drawings and a series of annual reports of the Supervising Architect. In principle, the west wing was completed in 1865 although the stairs going from the 4th floor to the 5th floor and the dome as we know it today were not completed until well after the original construction was finished.

  • 40th Anniversary of the Treasury Historical Association

    40th Anniversary of the Treasury Historical Association

    The history of the Department, the bureaus and the Treasury building have been the focus of the Treasury Historical Association since its founding in 1973. This exhibition highlights historic gifts and funding support for restoration projects at the Treasury building over the last 40 years.

  • Furniture exhibit

    U.S. Treasury Furniture Collection

    The United States Department of the Treasury's Collection represents one of the oldest and most intact collections of fine and decorative arts in the Executive branch of the Federal Government. 

  • History of Open Spaces

    History of Open Spaces

    The Treasury Building has evolved through its century and half of use and this exhibition is concern with how spaces changed through its growth and development. When the first wing was completed in 1842, the Treasury Department had already outgrown the space and three "extensions" were constructed in subsequent decades, each housing new offices and bureau functions. The building was at any given time, executive offices, clerical work rooms and a factory, housing the printing operations of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Learn how multiple functions changed space in this prominent Washington landmark.

  • The first Mint building at Philadelphia

    U.S. Mint Buildings Across the Nation

    Like the Treasury Building, which clearly served as a model for many buildings designed by the Supervising Architect's Office, the United States Mint buildings were often among the most important architectural focal points of their communities. Originally these buildings housed several functions ranging from the industrial to the clerical, but today these buildings often have been adapted to dramatically different uses. The best tools for uncovering the original intent of the architect are primarily architectural drawings, the Supervising Architect's annual reports, and other primary sources such as personal letters and newspaper articles. These types of documents offer researchers a first-hand account of the past: they demonstrate the demands of a program that had to accommodate disparate functions; tell us details about construction, costs, and workmanship; and provide insight into the factors that influenced their forms.

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