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Unbuilt Washington

Capitol Building competition entry

Main elevation of Capitol competition entry by James Diamond, 1792. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, 1976.88.51

The Museum’s newest exhibition, Unbuilt Washington, opening November 19, presents unrealized architectural and urban design projects—some breathtakingly beautiful, some awful, and some simply bizarre—from throughout the capital’s history. In this four-part series, curator G. Martin Moeller, Jr. comments on proposals for just a few of the city’s prominent buildings and sites.

Read “What Should a Capitol Look Like.”


Mystery Building

“Unbuilt, Not Washington”

National Building Museum Online 11-2011Unbuilt Washington opens on November 19. This month’s Mystery Building is an unbuilt design but, as you can probably guess from the photo, it was not planned for Washington. Can you identify this proposed building and its location?

Send your response to mysterybuilding@nbm.org or:
Mystery Building
National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

The answer and correct respondents will be announced in the next issue of National Building Museum Online.


Building Brain Buster

Q: Where was the first university-based school of architecture in the world?

Think you know the answer? Test your building I.Q.

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