First DC HQ of Laborers

Labor Organizations - historic

Originally built in the 1920's, The Bowen Building was the first DC headquarters of the Laborers, from 1940-1959, before they moved to their current building at 905 16th St NW. The building was redeveloped into a modern, first-class office building in 2004, preserving only the existing facade, which was deemed historic by the DC Historic Preservation Review Board.


DC Labor Map

Welcome to the DC Labor Map! Here you can find both current and historic labor sites in Washington, DC, including union hotels, restaurants, international and local union organizations, labor art and historic labor sites. You can use it for an online virtual tour of DC labor, or to plan your visit to our nation’s capital.
CLICK ON "LEGEND" at right to view categories; TO CHOOSE A SPECIFIC CATEGORY just click on it and only those sites will be shown.
We welcome your comments and suggestions: click on the “comments” tab at the bottom of the map. The DC Labor Map is a project of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO: primary research was done by Chris Garlock, Jon Garlock and Lisa Garlock; contributors include: Saul Schniderman, Peter Winch and Fhar Miess.