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Sarah Leavitt


Phone: 202.272.2448, ext. 3455
Email: sleavitt@nbm.org

Will accept inquiries about:

Parking garages
History of housing & home life


House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage
October 17, 2009 - July 11, 2010

House & Home

Green Schools
March 3, 2013 - January 5, 2014


Tod Williams and Billie Tsien: Design Process and Practice

July 1, 2014

Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, FAIA, founders of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, which received the AIA Architecture Firm Award for 2013 speak at the National Building Museum as part of the Spotlight on Design lecture series on July 24. In anticipation of that event, senior curator Martin Moeller recently interviewed the pair via email.
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A Brief History of Mazes

July 1, 2014

What exactly is a maze? What have mazes been used for throughout history? How have mazes been used in pop culture? Brush up on your maze trivia before visiting the BIG Maze, a large-scale maze in the Museum's Great Hall.
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SHoP Talk

June 3, 2014

The National Building Museum's vice president for education discusses SHoP Architect's recent projects and design philosophy.
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Hurricane Mitigation

May 6, 2014

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 39% of the nation's population lived in counties directly on the shoreline in 2010 and that population is projected to increase by an additional 10 million people, or 8% by 2020. This means that more people, property and infrastructure will be exposed to the impact of hurricanes.
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An Interview with Designing for Disaster Curator

May 6, 2014

Designing for Disaster, the National Building Museum's newest exhibition, opens May 11. The exhibition investigates how we can build communities that are safer and more disaster resilient, through stories, video, objects, and interactive tools from around the nation. National Building Museum Online sat down with Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos and her team, Christine Canabou and Caitlin Bristol, to hear what they learned while preparing the exhibition.
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Fossils in Architecture

April 2, 2014

Christopher Barr is a lawyer who has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1979 and has gotten to know the city in an unusual way: through discovering public fossils in the city's architecture.
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Artist, Donor, and Member

March 4, 2014

The largest group of objects featured in the Museum's exhibition Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions comes from the studio of architect and sculptor Raymond Kaskey. His influence on the Museum goes beyond providing significant works, he has long been a member and supporter.
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Cool & Collected (Literally)

March 4, 2014

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions, a new exhibition highlighting items from the National Building Museum's collection, features objects representing many different facets of the built environment. Get a preview of some of the fascinating objects before the exhibition opens Saturday, March 8.
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Extended Territories: Women of Architecture

February 4, 2014

In celebration of Women's History Month, the National Building Museum in collaboration with the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation features a discussion with Andrea Leers, FAIA, and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates.
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Places to Flourish

February 4, 2014

The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. But what exactly is "generative space"? Tama Duffy Day, director of health and wellness at Gensler and one of our panelists, explains.
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The Local Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

February 4, 2014

A new exhibition, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, opening at the Museum this month showcases a selection of newly commissioned photographs of projects by Dan Kiley, one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. The Cultural Landscape Foundation, the organization that created the traveling exhibition, shares some of Kiley's lesser-known works in the Washington, D.C. area.
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The Father of Modern Philadelphia

January 7, 2014

Coinciding with the publication of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia by Greg Heller, that city's plan acts as an important example of the effects of urban renewal. National Building Museum Online spoke with Heller about Ed Bacon's legacy.
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L.A.: Land of (Unrealized) Possibilities

January 7, 2014

National Building Museum senior curator Martin Moeller, who organized an exhibition called Unbuilt Washington at the National Building Museum in 2011-12, recently interviewed Sam Lubell about the significance of unexecuted architectural proposals.
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Los Angeles Constructs the Future

October 3, 2013

Christopher Alexander, assistant curator of architecture and design at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and co-curator of Overdrive, talked with the National Building Museum about the exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990.
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The Charles Goodman Project

October 1, 2013

In an effort to document the work and legacy of architect Charles M. Goodman, FAIA (1906-1992), the Washington area’s preeminent mid-century modernist, the National Building Museum conducted a series of interviews with architects and historians who either worked with him or studied his work.
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Noir L.A.

October 1, 2013

National Building Museum assistant curator Deborah Sorensen explores the role of Los Angeles' Bunker Hill neighborhood in film noir movies in the 1940s and 50s.
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Olso Architecture Triennale - Part 5

September 27, 2013

Astrup Fearley Museum
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Thom Mayne: Inquiry is Everything

September 25, 2013

National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine Contributor Andrew Caruso recently sat down with AIA Gold Medalist and "bad boy" of architecture Thom Mayne.
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Oslo Architecture Triennale - Part 4

September 24, 2013

Amazing Exhibition
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Oslo Architecture Triennale - Part 3

September 21, 2013

Overwhelming Response
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Brown University, MA, Museum Studies, 1994; PhD, American Civilization, 1999
Wesleyan University, BA, American Studies, 1992

Research Interests

Parking garages
History of housing and home decoration in 19th & 20th century America
Online communities

Selected Publications

"Who's Your Daddy: Fatherhood on Veronica Mars," (with Lewis A. Leavitt) in Veronica Mars Collection, Rhonda V. Wilcox and Sue Turnbull, eds., (Forthcoming 2010 from McFarland & Company, Inc.).
"A Private Little Revolution: The Home Pregnancy Test Kit in American Culture," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 80:2 (Summer 2006): 317-345.
From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart: A Cultural History of Domestic Advice.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
"It Was Always a Good Thing: Historical Precedents for Martha Stewart," American Studies 42:2 (Summer 2001): 125-131.

Professional Background

Adjunct Assistant Professor (2007), American University, Washington, DC
Associate Historian (2002-2006), Office of NIH History & Stetten Museum, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
Historian II (2000-2002), History Associates Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland
Manager of Historical Resources (1998-1999), Women of the West Museum, Boulder, Colorado