CFA 19/MAY/11-5


U.S. Department of State
21st Street and Virginia Avenue NW entrance
United States

U.S. General Services Administration
U.S. Department of State
Addition and building alterations for the United States Diplomacy Center
Review Type


Dear Ms. Wright:

In its meeting of 19 May, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed and approved the concept design for an addition and alterations to the U.S. Department of State's Harry S. Truman Building at 21st Street and Virginia Avenue, NW, for the U.S. Diplomacy Center.

The Commission endorsed the concept of a simple glass box addition within the existing building's forecourt, allowing an expansive presentation of the historic entry elevation. In their discussion, the Commission members suggested support for Alternate 1 and identified several areas for further study. Noting the elegant tautness of the simple string course above the second story of the existing building, they recommended that the alignment and detailing of the top edge of the glass addition be refined to relate more directly to this existing feature. They recommended further study of the proportions and jointing of the glass panels in relation to the complex stone coursing of the existing building. In addition, they suggested that the opportunity be explored to introduce more natural light to the underground level.

The Commission looks forward to review of the final design. As always, the staff is available to assist you with the next submission.


/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA

Mina Wright, Director
Office of Planning and Design Quality
U.S. General Services Administration
301 7th Street, SW, Room 2002
Washington, DC 20407-0001

cc: Hany Hassan, Beyer Blinder Belle
Stephen Estrada, U.S. Department of State