The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969. In
1972, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the
District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites.
Since 1981, the Office of Administration of the Executive Office of the
President has actively pursued a rigorous program of rehabilitation of
the OEOB to put an end to the deterioration that over the years has taken
place throughout this historic building. The entire structure has
benefited from an upgraded maintenance program that has also included
restoration of some of the OEOB's most spectacular historic interiors.
In 1983, the Office of Administration Preservation Office was institued
to oversee this effort and to develop a comprehensive preservation
program, which includes restoration, research, educational programs,
public tour program, and the formulation of a master plan for the
building's continued adaptive use.
In 1988, Congress enacted legislation to allow the Office of
Administration to accept gifts and loans from the public on behalf of the
OEOB to be used for preservation and restoration purposes. Persons
interested in finding out more about the preservation program or in
making a contribution should contact the Preservation Office.
THE OLD EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING
Public tours are available on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until
12:00 noon by advance reservation only. To make a reservation, please
call the Preservation Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00
noon, Tuesday through Friday on (202) 395-5895, and have available
correct name and date of birth for each visitor.
Office of the Secretary of War, 1932. It is typically victorian in
style, with a marquetry floor, heavy wall coverings, and an intricate
ceiling mural. (Library of Congress)