Since the beginning of our Fed Facts article series in 2016, we’ve told you countless facts about how the Federal Reserve System and the buildings that house it have changed throughout history. In this month’s issue, we want to show you. Take a visual journey back to the early days of the Fed and see how far we’ve come.

Federal Reserve Banks

In the article “Fed Facts: Learn how the 12 Federal Reserve Banks found their homes,” we shared how each Reserve Bank found its way to its current buildings. In the image below, you can see what all 12 Reserve Bank buildings looked like in 1936.

The twelve Federal Reserve Banks in 1936

SOURCE: FederalReserve.gov (Off-site)

You can match up the above black-and-white photos with their present-day appearance in the image below. You’ll see that some buildings, like those in Chicago and St. Louis, have barely changed in over 80 years, while others, like those in Minneapolis and Richmond, have undergone quite a makeover.

The twelve Federal Reserve Banks today

SOURCE: FederalReserveEducation.org (Off-site)

Board of Governors

In the article “Fed Facts: 80 years ago, the Board took up residence at 2001 Constitution Avenue, NW,” you learned about the design and construction of the Federal Reserve Building, which houses the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In the photo below, you can see what the building looked like while under construction in 1936.

The Federal Reserve Building in 1936

SOURCE: FederalReserve.gov (Off-site)

Almost half a century later, the Federal Reserve Building was renamed the Marriner S. Eccles Building after former Chairman of the Board of Marriner Stoddard Eccles. See what the building looks like today in the image below.

The Marriner S. Eccles Building today

SOURCE: FederalReserve.gov (Off-site)

Celebrating over a century of history

On December 23, 2013, the Fed celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Federal Reserve Act. “The Fed at 100: A Commemorative Video” features employees, business leaders, scholars and community leaders each sharing their perspective about the history, mission and future of the nation's central bank. Watch this video below to take a trip down memory lane.