DC Federal Building Wayfinding Type

Looking for an ID of the type used in room signs of a DC federal building designed around 1940. Identification will be used for an historical renovation project.

Identifont suggests Futura but the E doesn't seem to match quite right.

Many thanks---cheers!

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Stephen Coles's picture

This is architectural lettering of the kind that is often not based on printer's type, and rarely digitized. Other examples here.

Kabel is your best match.

getho's picture


hope I dont get flamed for posting a freebie, probably typographically horrible font, but the E's and M's look pretty good

dezcom's picture

You also might look at Neutra .

NJMcLellan's picture

@Gethin: It's a perfectly legitimate suggestion. Freebies are fonts too!

@Jacob: Market Deco (http://www.dafont.com/market-deco.font) is a sort-of companion to Mouse Deco, also by Steve Ferrera. You might also like Mostra and the slightly-more-expensive but much more decked out Mostra Nuova (http://new.myfonts.com/search/mostra/fonts/), by Typophile resident Mark Simonson.


jacobeastham's picture

Thanks for all the information guys---and quickly too!! Can't beat an answer overnight. I'll pass this information along to the architect.

dezcom's picture

Which building in DC?

jacobeastham's picture

Lafayette building – near McPherson Square

dezcom's picture

I live in Falls Church, VA, I will check it out. Let me know when they are finished the job?

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