|Building facade along F Street with the Downtown Holiday Market|
occupying the sidewalk in front.
This visit was not planned so I stopped by the information desk and picked up some brochures about the museum. Rather than visit the permanent collection, I was more interested in seeing three architectural features of the museum's building: the Kogod Courtyard, Great Hall and Luce Foundation Center.
|Above & Below: Kogod Courtyard|
Kogod Courtyard: A glass covered canopy covers one of the largest public places in the city. The canopy was designed to appear to float above the museum. The canopy measures about 37,500 square feet with 864 panes of glass. Eight steel columns support the canopy which weights around 900 tons. The interior features ficus and black olive trees and includes the Courtyard Cafe. Such a feature would normally be breathtaking if not for the business and clutter down below (in preparation for an event) that distracted from the look of the open space.
|Above images: Great Hall|
|Above and below: Luce Foundation Center|
All three spaces are available for rental for special events. For more info about the museums visit:
npg.si.edu (National Portait Gallery)
americanart.si.edu (American Art Museum)
The museum is open 11:30am-7pm daily. Admission is free.
|Twin grand spiral staircases lead to Great Hall & Luce Foundation Center.|