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Fact Friday: GSA Buildings and the National Register of Historic Places

Strom Thurmond Federal Buliding and U.S. Courthouse
Strom Thurmond Federal Buliding and U.S. Courthouse

How many GSA buildings are listed in the national register of historic places? If you answered 370 buildings, you are correct. That figure represents 24 percent of GSA’s owned real estate inventory, and includes historic courthouses, federal office buildings, and land ports of entry. This year, 55 GSA buildings were added to the National Register, including 46 buildings that were a part of a U.S. Border Inspection Station construction campaign that took place along the northern and southern international land borders from 1930 to 1943.

GSA buildings listed in the National Register range from 35 to 200 years old. The youngest GSA building in the register is the Strom Thurmond Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, which was constructed in 1979 and listed this year. The building was designed by the renowned architectural firm Marcel Breuer & Associates and was part of an urban renewal effort intended to revitalize downtown Columbia, S.C.

The oldest GSA building in the register is the Robert C. McEwen U.S. Custom House in Ogdensburg, N.Y., which was constructed in 1810 and listed in 1974. The building is a handsome utilitarian structure built of native limestone and sited on the St. Lawrence Seaway across from Canada; it remains in active use by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

About the National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places and includes more than 86,000 properties. To explore the register’s treasure trove of information on GSA’s historic buildings, visit www.gsa.gov/historicbuildings. Visitors can sort buildings by date of construction, location, and architectural style.