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Property Name U.S. Department of Agriculture Cotton Annex
Reference Number 15000683
State District of Columbia
County District of Columbia
Town Washington, DC
Street Address 300 12th Street. SW
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/5/2015
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The Cotton Annex possesses national significance under Criterion A in the areas of agriculture and commerce as the building within which the BAE developed the processes for cotton classification and standardization. The building was erected specifically to aid in the classification and standardization of cotton, a system that continues to serve as the basis for the valuation and utilization of cotton bales within the United States.

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