National Building Museum Facts
Collection of the National Building Museum
Architect / Engineer
Montgomery C. Meigs (1816-1892), Quartermaster General in charge of provisions during the Civil War
400 feet by 200 feet, 75 feet to cornice level
15,500,000 bricks with brick and terra cotta ornament
1,200 feet long, 3 feet high, made of terra cotta. Features a continuous parade of Civil War military units designed by Caspar Buberl (1834-1899)
316 feet by 116 feet, 159 feet (approximately 15 stories) at its highest point.
75 feet high, 8 feet in diameter, 25 feet in circumference. Each built with 70,000 bricks and originally painted to resemble marble in 1895
234 busts designed by Gretta Bader in 1984.
72 Doric-style columns on the ground floor and 72 Ionic-style columns on the second floor.
First Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum was held by Grover Cleveland in 1885, the tradition continues to the present day.