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The National Building Museum

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Identification

The National Building Museum
Pension Building
270327

Map

Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
brick
dark red
renaissance revival

Usages

museum

Facts

  • The former Pension Building predates the austere marble, granite, and limestone Federal Buildings constructed in 20th Century Washington.
  • It is noted for its Renaissance Revival design in dark red brick, and a 1200 foot frieze wrapping the building which depicts the struggles of the Civil War (1861-1865).
  • The Great Hall features a 159-ft tall atrium, overlooked by the higher floors which are supported by 75-ft Corinthian columns.
  • A 1989 renovation converted the structure into the National Building Museum, which is dedicated to "architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning".

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Location

401 F Street NW
400 G Street NW
401 F Street NW
20001
Washington
District of Columbia
U.S.A.

Technical Data

59.46 ft
5
1882
1887

Involved Companies


Montgomery C. Meigs

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
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