We then headed for the National Building Museum. This was not one of my top museums. In fact the most impressive thing about the museum was the building itself.
|The National Building Museum, historically known as the Pension Building, in Washington, D.C., United States, is a museum of "architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning". The building was completed in 1887 and designed by Montgomery C. Meigs, the U.S. Army quartermaster general. It is notable for several architectural features, including the spectacular interior columns and a frieze, sculpted by Caspar Buberl, stretching around the exterior of the building and depicting Civil War soldiers. Building has been used to hold inauguration balls; a Presidential Seal is set into the floor near the south entrance. The building required more than 15,000,000 bricks. The building was used for federal government offices until the 1960s when it had fallen into a state of disrepair and was considered for demolition. After pressure from conservationists, the government commissioned a report by architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith of possible other uses for the building. Her 1967 report suggested a museum dedicated to the building arts. The building was then listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. In 1980, Congress created the National Building Museum as a private, non-profit institution. The building itself was formally renamed the National Building Museum in 1997. Every year, the annual Christmas in Washington program is filmed at the museum, with the President and First Lady|