Washington Navy Yard

The Washington Navy Yard (WNY) is the former shipyard and ordnance plant of the United States Navy in Southeast Washington, D.C. It is the oldest shore establishment of the U.S. Navy.

Washington Navy Yard
Aerial view of Washington Navy Yard, 1985
LocationWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°52′24″N 76°59′49″W
Built1799
ArchitectBenjamin Latrobe et al.
Architectural styleColonial Revival
Late Victorian
NRHP reference No.73002124[1]
Added to NRHPJune 19, 1973

The Yard currently serves as a ceremonial and administrative center for the U.S. Navy, home to the Chief of Naval Operations, and is headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Reactors, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval History and Heritage Command, the National Museum of the United States Navy, the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, Marine Corps Institute, the United States Navy Band, and other more classified facilities.

In 1998, the yard was listed as a Superfund site due to environmental contamination.[2]


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