As the current administration is preparing to turn over its office spaces and leave the keys for the next set of elected officials, The New York Times took the opportunity to tour the offices they have inhabited in Washington D.C. What spaces these officials hold, and where they reside, are all implications of how important they are—a deliberate statement that can be clearly understood given that its in one of the most powerful cities in the world.
But if you think the people that work in these places are important, consider the history and events these rooms have held. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's office at the Russell Senate Office Building, for instance, features a fireplace that is believed to have started the fire that burned the Capitol in 1814.
Other standouts include Julián Castro's dark wood-flanked space in Marcel Breuer's brutalist Robert C. Weaver Federal Building. According to the article, the building was named "the second ugliest building in" the city in a Buzzfeed article in 2014, despite being designed by a master of Modernism.
To see the entire article, head over The New York Times.