The National Hockey League says it is considering whether to tear down its Supreme Court Building in Washington.
The building, built in 1926, is the site of a landmark Supreme Court case from the late 19th century.
The building was originally named the Federal Building and became the United States Capitol Building in 1934.
The NHL said Thursday that it is also evaluating a request to demolish the building, which is one of four historic buildings in the District.
The National Hockey Association has a history of building and preserving landmark buildings, but not all of them are in Washington, D.C. The League has not said whether it will build a new arena in D.D.A. The District has approved $1.7 billion for a new downtown arena, but the D.M.I.E. says the District has yet to approve any major new development.
“We’re reviewing the request and have to see how the building is constructed and what it will look like in the future,” said Kevin Reilly, the NHL’s vice president of development.
The decision to tear it down comes as a major embarrassment to Mayor Vincent Gray, who has made it clear that he wants to keep the building intact.
“I would hope it would be torn down, but it’s not going to happen,” Gray said last week.
“The building is a historic building, it’s been a landmark building for 50 years, and the District of Columbia has a lot of historical landmarks, and we have a lot to offer the world.”
“We have a huge history here, and this is a big, huge mistake.”
The building has been home to the United Nations, the U.S. Mint and the Smithsonian Institution.
The United Nations headquarters was originally built in 1894.
It opened as a public building in 1924 and has been a hub for diplomacy, including the founding of the United Nation.
The Smithsonian Institution’s headquarters is in downtown Washington.