Washington D.C. is an especially fascinating city to visit because it has so many buildings and landmarks of cultural and political importance. Any capital city has many of these important buildings, but with a country as large as the U.S., more people are needed to manage each section of the government, so there are even more buildings, and grander ones, are in its capital than there are in many other places. Visit the landmarks of D.C. and commemorate it with your own memorial in the form of our acrylic fridge magnet. This one portrays the grandiose front of the offices of the Federal Reserve at the Eccles Building.
The Federal Reserve is in charge of monitoring and stabilizing the U.S. economy, both with short term measures in the case of a financial emergency and with long term strategies. It was established in 1913, but gained much of its power and importance during and after the Great Depression so that such a large financial downturn would not happen again. The Eccles Building itself was built during the Great Depression, and served both to provide better offices for more economic minds to work on solving the money crisis, and as aid in itself as a public works project, one of many created under FDR’s administration.
When creating the building, designers did not want to make anything too elaborate, both due to the fashions of the time, and because it would be seen as decadent and wasteful, considering the economic state of the country. However, they had to consider the prevailing style of government buildings in Washington D.C., which were intricate buildings based on the Classical style, with white stone and elegant columns and carvings. They compromised, and the result was a Classically-inspired building with cleaner lines and simpler, more modern decoration.