AFL HQ (1916)

Labor Organizations - historic

Served as headquarters for the American Federation of Labor (AFL) from 1916 to 1956. The cornerstone inscription, written by Samuel Gompers, said: "American Federation of Labor, Founded 1881. This edifice erected for service: in the cause of Labor-Justice-Freedom-Humanity, 1915-1916." In 1957, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Industry moved into the building. National Historic Landmark.
- Inventory of American Labor Landmarks #5, Labor Heritage Foundation

Dedicated by President Wilson on July 4, 1916; included a Samuel Gompers Memorial Room, which contained personal mementos, portraits etc., of the 'grand old man of labor'.
- Federal Writer's Project





901 Massachusetts Ave NW

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.