Shipstead-Luce Act

Modified Shipstead-Luce Act Submission Procedures
Due to the Covid-19 public health emergency, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has made several temporary changes to its project submission procedures.

CFA Applicant Instructions during the Covid-19 Health Emergency: Shipstead-Luce Act Submissions


With the Shipstead-Luce Act of 1930 (Public Law 71-231, Public Law 76-248), Congress directed the Commission of Fine Arts to review the designs of private construction projects in certain areas of high federal interest within the National Capital. The Act created an area of jurisdiction for properties within, fronting, or abutting the monumental and governmental core of the city, much of the Potomac waterfront, and Rock Creek Park.

Map of the Area Covered by Shipstead Act, District of Columbia, 1962

Map of the Area Covered by Shipstead-Luce Act, District of Columbia, 1962. (Image credit: CFA)