A Historical Photo of the Singer Building

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

The Singer Building is getting ready for a renovation. Here’s a look at the historic Mount Rainier building in days gone by.

The photo was taken on a glass negative and donated by Herbert A. French, owner of the National Photo Company and an inaugural member of the White House News Photographers when it was founded.

“During the administrations of Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, the National Photo Company supplied photographs of current news events in Washington, D.C., as a daily service to its subscribers,” the Library of Congress notes.

Renovations on the Singer Building, which was built in 1936 in the 3300 block of Rhode Island Ave, are expected to be completed by the end of the summer. One tenant will be a restaurant from the people behind the popular Cafe Saint-Ex in Washington.

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