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Paint Chip Display

Collections Highlight: Paint Chip Sample Display

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar We are used to seeing curators and collections staff in museums wearing gloves whenever they handle artifacts. These gloves serve many purposes, including protecting artifacts from the dirt and oils on our hands. At the Museum we avoid using the...

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Rendering of the Capitol Crossing project looking south; image courtesy of Property Group Partners.

Found Ground Series: Reclaiming Urban Spaces

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

By Patrick Kraich, Public Programs Coordinator The Museum’s Found Ground series was inspired by a major construction project in our own backyard. It’s hard to miss the Capitol Crossing project, which spans 3 city blocks and when complete will add 2.2 million square feet of office,...

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Stranger Collections at the Museum

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Museum’s collections contain approximately 76,000 photographic images, 103,000 architectural prints and drawings, over 100 linear feet of documents, and over 10,000 objects, including material samples, architectural fragments. We asked the collections staff to name some of our more unusual objects. Gargoyle Silver Tea Set...

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Andrew Ellicott's revision of L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the "Federal City", later Washington City, District of Columbia (Thackara & Vallance, Philadelphia, 1792}.

What is a Placemaker?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

By Patrick Kraich, Public Programs Coordinator Placemakers are transformers. They can look at a space and see what and how it may be changed to produce a place that establishes or adds value to a city. They may not be trained architects or urban designers;...

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Round Hill Birds Eye

Collections Highlight: The Round Hill Collection

Friday, October 6, 2017

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar In 1985, Olga Hirshhorn, widow of the famous art collector and benefactor Joseph Hirshhorn, saved a Miami Herald article about the grand opening of a new museum dedicated to architecture: the National Building Museum. Olga, an accomplished art collector and supporter...

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