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East Wing construction underway on July 14, 1875, the day that the staff moved into the South Wing. Construction of the North Wing on August 23, 1879.
Excavation underway for the North Wing on August 23, 1879. West Wing shortly after its groundbreaking showing the original State, War, and Navy Building still in place before its demolition. ca. 1883.
Secretary of Navy Josephus Daniels in his carriage in front of the Navy Department entrance in 1919. Shown here taking off from West Executive Avenue in 1910, pioneer aviator Claude Graham-White was the first to land a lighter-than-air craft on a street in any city in the world. He had come to lunch with the Secretary of War, and talk about the defense advantages of aeroplanes.
Removal of the originals of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States from the Department of State Library to the Library of Congress on September 30, 1921. Secretary of War Dwight Davis decorating the "Round the World Flyers" on September 5, 1924. These eight Americans in four planes were the first to successfully fly around the world beating five other countries at this quest.
Shown here in May 1910 sitting in room 341, are Mabel Boardman (left), President of the American Red Cross, and clerks Fancis Mulhall (center), and Charles Magee (right).From this office between 1905 to 1914, the American Red Cross responded to regional and national disasters such as the San Franscisco earthquake in 1906, the New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in 1911, and the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Admiral Dewey (front left) and Navy officers on their way from the Department of the Navy (background) to the White House to call upon the President on January 1, 1905.
A radio broadcast of "The Department of State Speaks" on January 28, 1944, from rooms 212 and 214. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt (left), and Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels (right) in May, 1918, on the balcony between their offices in rooms 278 and 274 respectively.
President Richard M. Nixon in the Indian Treaty Room celebrating the 30th anniversary of the EOP Budget ceremony in 1969.