Steward Lee Udall Dept. of Interior Building
1849 C Street NW – Meet in C Street lobby
Discover the art and architecture that made the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The building was designed and built under the guidance of Harold L. Ickes who served as Franklin Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Interior for 13 years (1933-1946). Secretary Ickes was involved in all aspects of the building’s construction including every step of the artwork.
The Village has arranged for a private walking tour that lasts an hour which focuses on the history of the building and visits 26 photographic murals by Ansel Adams and many of the over forty mural panels painted in the building by numerous New Deal-era artists including Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal, and John Steuart Curry.
Following the tour, you may wish to visit the Indian Craft Shop which Secretary Ickes included in the design of the building to promote the sale of arts and crafts from living Indian artists. You also might want to stop for lunch in the building’s handsome cafeteria (Bison Bistro). Lunch is served from 11 – 1:30.
Cost: This program is free.
Admission: A valid photo ID is required of all participants. Please note that the tour cannot be joined once the it has begun.
Accessibility: The building is completely accessible.
Open to members only.