Wednesday, June 9, 2010

1200 Pennsylvania

65mm f5.0 1/60s ISO1200
The Ariel Rios Federal Building is located in the Federal Triangle in Washington, D.C., across 12th Street from the Old Post Office, which the new building was designed to replace. The New Post Office, as the Rios Building was originally known, housed the headquarters of the Post Office Department until that department was replaced by the United States Postal Service in 1971. The building, which now houses the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was renamed on February 5, 1985, in honor of Ariel Rios, an undercover special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who was killed in the line of duty on December 2, 1982.  

Currently, the Ariel Rios Building is badly in need of renovations. Many of the windows are original single paned with hollow frames, allowing air and heat to bleed out. Similarly, the original plumbing from the 1930s contains lead and signs in the bathrooms of EPA Headquarters warn that the water is for external use only.


  1. This is a very creative picture! Greetings.

  2. From your description it obviously is in need of serious renovations however your photo has made it look great.

  3. Structurally the building looks great on the outside since it was built in 1935. But since the EPA HQ is there... it needs to be more GREEN. So removing lead pipes and replacing inefficient windows is needed.

  4. That sounds just like the EPA I know and have interacted with in my career! All big talk & rules and none of it doesn't apply to them, LOL!

    Beautiful black and white perspective!