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In the late 1860s, architectural competitions elicited designs from the country’s leading architects for two proposed federal buildings, the State, War, and Navy Department (now the Old Executive Office Building) in Washington and the Federal Courthouse and Post Office in New York. As architectural historian Pamela Scott will explain in her lecture, “Two Architectural Competitions and Their Influence on A.B. Mullett’s Federal Buildings,” neither winning design was built. Instead, they were used as departure points by Supervising Architect of the Treasury Alfred Bult Mullett, who Scott argues crafted “an identifiably American version of the Second Empire style” in designing the finished product. At 6:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $6. (202) 272-2448. (MJ)