Patrick Geeting #15

The outside of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The outside of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Bureau of Printing and Engraving

One of the more popular areas in Washington D.C. is the Bureau of Printing and
Engraving. People who visit the nation’s capital want to see huge stacks of uncut money ready to be distributed throughout the
nation. Then again, who doesn’t?
The Bureau was founded in 1862, and its initial purpose was to sign and cut those green bills that the people demanded. Soon, however, the building started to have more demands, and eventually moved onto printing and engraving the bills, too. By 1877, the United States Bureau became the sole producer or American currency.
Freshly made, uncut, two dollar bills
Freshly made, uncut, two dollar bills

The actual building is your standard rectangular building with a lot of windows. The front, however, is the interesting part. The façade is
made up of a wa
ll of roman pillars, which covers the entrance to this money-packed building. The building is located on 14th Street NW and is close to the Logan
Circle Park.
This building is used to make and print the bills that will eventually enter the pockets of many. It is symbolic of all that of which makes up the United States economy.
Machine used in bill-making.
Machine used in bill-making.

I find this building particularly interesting because it creates the money that people interact with everyday. No one really thinks of where there money comes from or how it was made, and just thinking about the process of making these green sheets is interesting. Plus, there’s something about looking at those freshly made dollars that makes people wish that they worked there. I bet I’m not the only one that wished they could take just one stack of one hundred dollar bills.

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Map to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing




Sergrio Martinez #12

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing in a very well know agency in the US.. It is also known as the BEP and it’s a government agency of the US department of Treasury. It is mostly know because it is where the bills are printed. In other words, it is the only agency with the power to print US dollar bills.
This agency comes all the way from the Civil War after printing money power was authorized to the Department of Treasury by the congress. In other words, the Civil War was so costly that it was easy to just print money and use it. This could be considered illegal today, but at during the Civil War nobody really cared if the money was printed without a reserve if it still bought stuff. The process of printing the money wasn´t formalized right away. It was until 1863 where small departments that focused in different processes of bill printing were established. On 1864, the official Bureau of Engraving and Printing was built and recognized by the legislature. In fact, the BEP had now authorized power to print money and other important documents like passports and permits.20060609_money_2.jpg
There are two locations of BEP buildings in the United States. One of them in Texas, and the other one is in Washington DC. The one in Washington DC is located between the 14th and 15th streets, SW. It was built with a neoclassical design and is made of fireproof concrete and Indiana limestone. The building is 90 meters long and 32 meters high. It´s depth extends al the way the 14th street. This is the main building and in May 1938 an annex was built. A building in the 13th street was built to enlarge production capacity and accelerate printing processes. Currently, it´s near the holocaust museum and the WaExamining_sheet_of_faces_1_610x405.jpgshington Mall.
In my opinion, I think that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a great building that speaks for itself. It is huge and what is done in the inside is wordless. Millions of dollars are printed out a year and tons of bills leave the building each day. I found really interesting all the process, of how they placed, cut, and stamped the paper. In fact, its not even paper, a US dollar bill is 75% made of cotton. I was surprised to find out that packs of million dollars leave the Bureau each day. Honestly, I have never seen a million dollars packed together, but imagine how it would feel to work in there and watch ridiculous amounts of money together. I would feel a great honor and I’m not lying. To close, I think that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a great responsibility and no one could do a better work to accomplish it. It is a place that never stops literally talking. I think that this governmental agency is doing the best of their work and is really honest and loyal.

Bibliography:

"Bureau of Engraving and Printing." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 31 Mar. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureau_of_Engraving_and_Printing>.
"Records of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing." National Archives and Records Administration. Web. 31 Mar. 2011. <http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/318.html>.
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing - Home. Web. 31 Mar. 2011. <http://www.moneyfactory.gov/>.


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URSULA GROSSMANN
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BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING

Function and Purpose

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is the place where money is made. It is also known as theMoney Factory. The BEP is in charge of developing and producing United States’ currency notes. These notes are trusted worldwide so the work that is done here is very important. The BEP prints billions of notes a year. These notes are called Federal Reserve notes that are delivered to the Federal Reserve System that operates as the nation’s central bank. In here they ensure that adequate amounts of currency and coin are in circulation. In the Bureau of Engraving andPrinting only bills are made. Coins are made in the United States Mint





Architecture, Construction, and Location

The company responsible for the construction of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing facility is the Architecture and Engineering (A&E) Construction Division, Office of Acquisition. The company was responsible for the construction, architecture and engineering services of the whole BEP. The location of the BEP is in Washington D.C. 14th Street Southwest. There are two Money Factories: the one in Washington D.C., and another one in Fort Worth, Texas. Both of the facilities were built with A&E.

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Historical Significance

The printing of money started in 1862 in the Treasury Building of the U.S. In a few years the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was making fractional currency, government obligations, revenue stamps, and other security documents for many federal agencies. On 1877, the BEPthe only producer of the nation’s currency. Even though the BEP no longer produces government obligations or postage stamps, it holds honor of being the largest producer of government security documents


Personal Experience and Reflection

When I first visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Structure it didn’t caught my attention that much. But when I saw a stack of one million dollars in ten dollar bills I was very surprised. The stack was enormous. Since I saw the stack, I started to pay more attention and my interest in the place grew. I liked the place a lot. It’s is very interesting to see the machinery that they use to print the money. There are many steps and details in a single bill. I learned that a huge amount of money is printed every day. What I didn’t knew before was that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is dedicated only to print bills. Coins are not made in the BEP. I think it’s really interesting how everything works perfectly in the United States. I think they are very organized. The money making is very interesting, specially because it is not an easy process. It is a very meticulous process that provides a lot of security to the bills, and new security details are being added and will continue to be added. I think that the structure, as all the important structures in Washington D.C. is beautiful, and full of detail and its function is fundamental for the nation. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing in my opinion is one of the most important places to visit in Washington D.C.


Bibliography

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing - Home. Web. 28 Mar. 2011. <http://www.moneyfactory.gov/>.

Alberto Castillo:

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQsrXOqPKdJMmzhuwvAgV8-NvmoA5LhChdAaXlca9LFxEbWNM--The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 900 million dollars printed a day, why? It does not work towards the economy because printing currency only means that the dollars you have in your wallet are worth less. It does not pay off debt, as it would destroy American economy by the second if too many US dollars hit the market at once. The answer is to maintain every single bill destroyed and torn up by American citizens, residents, and visitors. Every time you see a bill that has been in circulation for a long time and it seems it can barely hold up, that might be a bill that is pulled out of circulation in the next print of that denomination of currency.
Hosted in a building with old architecture, but with top-of-the-line printing machines inside, it is one of the most contrasting buildings in the city of Washington DC. A place where every new bill is printed, the only other place where US dollars are printed is in Texas, and it works as an office that is controlled by the main office in DC. Even though the building is obviously not the most important part of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, it most certainly gives it an aspect of respect and admiral by using high ceilings, domes and an imposing entrance with a long corridor and a waiting room.
A smiley face was drawn on a one dollar bill to test the defect procedure at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on March 26, 2009 in Washington, DC. The roots of The Bureau of Engraving and Printing can be traced back to 1862, when a single room was used in the basement of the main Treasury building before moving to its current location on 14th Street in 1864. The Washington printing facility has been responsible for printing all of the paper Federal Reserve notes up until 1991 when it shared the printing responsibilities with a new western facility that opened in Fort Worth, Texas.
A smiley face was drawn on a one dollar bill to test the defect procedure at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on March 26, 2009 in Washington, DC. The roots of The Bureau of Engraving and Printing can be traced back to 1862, when a single room was used in the basement of the main Treasury building before moving to its current location on 14th Street in 1864. The Washington printing facility has been responsible for printing all of the paper Federal Reserve notes up until 1991 when it shared the printing responsibilities with a new western facility that opened in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Bureaus most important trait historically is its important part during the development of the United States of America, a place that has been vital for American economy ever since bills were hand printed using simple machines. Always located in Washington DC, since it was first thought of, it is one of many characterizing sites in the city’s sentimental skyline.
This is a building of colossal importance to American economy, ergo one of colossal importance to every American. It is not characterized by a beautiful interior, as it is mostly occupied by workers. In spite of not being very beautiful on the inside, it has an outstanding façade that is surpassed only by that of the White House or the US Capitol Building. The importance of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is indescribable, without such institution, once currency is destroyed it would stop circulation and the country would very quickly run out of paper currency to use in everyday life.
external image Bureau_of_Engraving_and_Printing.jpg As an added fact, currency itself is not worth anything, it is not much more than a promise from the United States Government that using a specific piece of paper you can exchange it for goods. So, we would run out of currency but the value on things would remain, ergo something is needed to exchange around as we cannot carry ounces of pure gold and pure silver around to pay for everything we need and want in life. This is where the bureau’s importance shows, Americans are in need of currency that they can exchange for goods to use in their lives.

Map:
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Resources:

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing - Home. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://www.moneyfactory.gov/>.
"Bureau of Engraving and Printing." New Money. Ed. Uncle Sam. United States Government. Web. 14 Mar. 2011. <http://www.newmoney.gov>.
1, October. "Washington, D.C. -- Places To Tour -- Bureau of Engraving and Printing." TourOfDC. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://www.tourofdc.org/tours/BureauOfEngravingAndPrinting/>.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://bureau-of-engraving-and-printing.visit-washington-dc.com/>.