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Return From the Hunt; Washington National Cathedral Construction Archives Collection.

Collections Highlight: Man’s Best Friend

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Since Washington, D.C. is feeling the dog days of summer, we decided to showcase some of the good boys found in the National Building Museum’s permanent collection. Architectural Toy Collection Dogs make many appearances in our Architectural Toy Collection, on blocks or as playing pieces...

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Jigsaw Junior

Collections Highlight: Jig Saw Junior

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar Tools and equipment are essential components of the work done by architects, engineers, and builders. The Museum’s Tool Collection includes a variety of tools from different fields and time periods. Highlights from the Collection include a complete set of woodworking...

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Sheet Metal Structure in the Great Hall, 1988

Collections Highlight: Frank Gehry’s Sheet Metal Architectural Model

Thursday, November 30, 2017

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar Since 2012, the Museum’s Summer Block Party has focused on the construction of a large showpiece in the Museum’s Great Hall. From the BEACH to this past summer’s Hive, these feats of engineering and imagination have showcased the designs of prominent...

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