Central National Bank (Washington, D.C.)

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Central National Bank
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Central National Bank (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
Central National Bank (Washington, D.C.)
Location 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′35.52″N 77°01′17.66″W / 38.8932000°N 77.0215722°W / 38.8932000; -77.0215722Coordinates: 38°53′35.52″N 77°01′17.66″W / 38.8932000°N 77.0215722°W / 38.8932000; -77.0215722
Built 1860
Architect Alfred B. Mullett
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body National Council of Negro Women
Part of Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site (#66000865)
MPS Banks and Financial Institutions MPS
NRHP Reference # 95000526[1]
Added to NRHP April 27, 1995[1]

The Central National Bank also known as the Dorothy I. Height Building, or Apex Building, is the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women. It is located at 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C., in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.


Built in 1860, it operated as the St. Marc Hotel. It was purchased by the Central National Bank, and the west front was renovated in 1887, to the designs of noted architect Alfred B. Mullett. In 1945, the ground floor was leased by the Apex Liquor store. In 1984, it was renovated by Sears.

The Late Victorian-style Dorothy I. Height Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the building is designated as a contributing property to the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site and the Downtown Historic District.[2]



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