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Property Name Davidson Building
Reference Number 16000683
State DC
County District of Columbia
Town Washington
Street Address 927 15th St., NW.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/4/2016
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The Davidson Building meets National Register of Historic Places Criteria A and C with Architecture and Community Planning as its Areas of Significance. Built in 1917, the Davidson Building was one of the early private office buildings to be constructed around McPherson Square and not only provides an excellent illustration of the northerly growth of the city’s financial district from 15th and H Streets to McPherson Square in the 1920s, but also the transformation of McPherson Square from a residential area to a business one. The building also contributes to an understanding of the federal government’s reliance upon private office buildings to house its workforce, especially during World War 1, as the number of federal workers expanded significantly.

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria