3. Building Exterior
The existing exterior finishing on the building replicates the art deco and moderne design of the late-1920s era. The building is of unusual construction, consisting of a concrete exterior, with a heavy steel frame and wood roof and floor construction. Exterior paint colors were selected to accentuate the architectural features of the building. The original lighting fixtures on H Street were removed, restored and reinstalled to their original positions. The doors at the main entrance are original and were stripped and restored to a dark patina. New bronze doors, left to patina naturally, were added at both the newly accessible H Street entrance and the basement entrance on 10th Street.