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THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUILDING was designed primarily for the practical purposes of the scientific work of the Department rather than merely for artistic appearance. The plans were drawn in the office of the Supervising Architect, with the assistance of an outside architect. Congress appropriated the sum of $2,500,000 for the construction of the building, but the construction cost less than that sum. view is of the building at the intersection of F and 19th Streets.