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Naval Ordnance Laboratory Administration Building

Amendment to the Master Plan for Historic Preservation and Update to the Locational Atlas

As part of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan, the resource historically known as the Naval Ordnance Laboratory Administration Building (or Building 1) is being evaluated for addition to the Locational Atlas and designation on the Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

The Naval Ordnance Laboratory Administration Building is located at 10903 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, MD (Tax ID 05-280622) within the new consolidated headquarters for the US Food and Drug Administration at the White Oak Research Center.  Its resource number is M: 33-25-1 (formerly M: 33-14).

Background

Architect's Rendering, early 1940s, possibly by Otto Eggers of Eggers and Higgins.Architect's Rendering, early 1940s, possibly by Otto Eggers of Eggers and Higgins. Source: GSA. View full image.

Constructed in 1946, the Naval Ordnance Laboratory Administration Building was designed by prominent New York architectural firm, Eggers and Higgins (successor to the Office of John Russell Pope), in association with Taylor and Fisher of Baltimore.  The Naval Ordnance Laboratory Administration Building served as the headquarters of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory (NOL), a federal facility that played a nationally prominent role in weapons development, testing, and research in the post WWII era.  With its planar surfaces, limited ornamentation, and simplified classical composition, the NOL Administration Building is one of Montgomery County’s few and best examples of Modern (or Stripped) Classicism, a style favored for federal buildings in the 1930s and 1940s.  NOL spurred the transformation of the White Oak area from rural to suburban. 

After NOL was decommissioned in 1997, a portion of the site was redeveloped under the project lead of Kling Stubbins, in association with RTKL.  Dedicated in 2008, the renovated NOL Administration Building currently houses the Office of the Commissioner and related executive functions for the new consolidated US Food and Drug Administration Headquarters at the White Oak Research Center.  In 2010, the building achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED NC 2.0 Gold certification. 

Still known as Building 1, the imposing aedifice remains an area landmark, the public face of a nationally important facility, and a reminder of the power of the federal presence to transform a neighborhood.

Project Schedule and Record

Upcoming

  • September 2013:  WOSG PB Draft Transmittal to Council

Past

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

For information about historic designation:
Sandra Youla, Senior Planner
301-563-3400
Sandra.Youla@mncppc-mc.org

Date of last update: July 18, 2013