Federal buildings have served as the backdrop for scores of movie and television scenes over the years, with some of the cameo appearances — to use that term loosely — raise revenue for the government.
The General Services Administration, which manages federal properties, has raised more than $500,000 in the past three years through its “outleasing program,” which allows the agency to rent buildings, landmarks and ports of entry for a fee. All of the money goes toward maintenance and renovations of historic properties, according to the agency.
The 1966 National Historic Preservation Act allows agencies to lease space in federal buildings to non-federal renters in exchange for reinvesting the proceeds toward preservation.
The GSA this week highlighted some of the starring facilities on its blog. Below are a few examples:
* The Baltimore U.S. Custom House appears in the Netflix series “House of Cards.”
* Scenes from the 1980′s classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” took place at the Chicago Federal Building.
* The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York showed up in two movies:“How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” and “Black Swan.”
* The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans showed up in the Academy Award-nominated “JFK.”
* A courtyard in the David W. Dyer Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Miami appeared in “Absence of Malice,” a 1981 journalism film starring Paul Newman and Sally Field.
More examples are available on the GSA blog.
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