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This neoclassical building that serves as the headquarters for the U.S. Agriculture Department was named the Whitten Building in 1994. It is the only office building on the National Mall. The building stretches from 14th Street along Independence Avenue, S.W. to 12 th Street. It is directly across the National Mall from the National Museum of American History.
This large building, with significant renovations, could accommodate many of the museum’s needs. If it isn’t large enough, enlargement could take place underground on the property. Nearby examples of underground construction on the Mall include the S. Dillon Ripley Center as well as the Sackler and African Art museums of the Smithsonian.