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National Building Museum

  • Constructed: 1882-87
  • Architect: Montgomery C. Meigs
  • Location: Washington , DC

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment. The building of the sites began after a Senate Appropriations Committee approval to construct a fireproof building to house the headquarters of the U.S. Pension Bureau. Designed and engineerd by U.S. Army Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs, the grand building was his last and most important work. Preserved by a Congressional resolution in 1978, the building would become the National Building Museum in 1985. Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum occupies a magnificent building with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.

National Building Museum.

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