National Building Museum
Laura Burd Schiavo
- The only book dedicated to this famous Washington building
- Building modelled after Palazzo Farnese in Rome. Interior Great Hall Spans more than 300 feet, with 75-foot columns
Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to exploring the building arts. Occupying one of Washington, DC’s most spectacular works of public architecture, widely recognised as a marvel of engineering. Inspired by Renaissance palaces, the building’s designer organised a series of arcaded galleries around a stunning Great Hall featuring some of the tallest interior Corinthian columns in the world. This beautifully illustrated book explores the connections between the building’s functions and its remarkable design, from its 19th-century origins as a government office to its late 20th-century restoration for use as a museum.