What does the Preservation Office do?
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Constructed from 1871-1888 for the State, War and Navy Departments, this building has played a significant role in America's political history and architectural heritage. It was designed by Supervising Architect Alfred B. Mullet in the French Second Empire style and contained innovative building systems for the time - waterclosets, passenger elevators and a building-wide convection heating and cooling system.
Public tours are available on Saturday mornings by advance reservation only. To make reservations, please call the Preservation Office on (202) 395-5895.
The Telecommunications Device for the Deaf/Teletypewriter (TDD/TYY) number is (202) 395-9103. To the extent possible, use your local TDD/TYY relay service. For long distance and intercity calls requiring the intervention of a relay agent, utilize the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS): 1 (800) 877-8339. Requests for sign language interpreters and any other disability related accommodations should be made within 2 weeks of the proposed visit. Alternative formats of the brochure (e.g., braille) may be requested. The building is wheelchair accessible.
You can visit the restored areas of the Old Executive Office Building and learn more about the history of the building on the official OEOB web tour.
The Executive Office of the President (EOP) agencies moved in officially in 1947 after the last of the original occupants, the State Department, moved out. The first EOP agencies to move into the old State Building (as the OEOB was known) were the Bureau of the Budget (now the Office of Management and Budget) and the National Security Council.
In 1977 President Carter consolidated the administrative functions of the then ten agencies of the EOP, by establishing the Office Administration (OA):
On December 12, 1977, President Carter issued an Executive Order defining OA's mission statement. The following excerpt comes from E.O. 12028, the directive that President Carter issued, which defined OA's role:
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