House & Home at the National Building Museum


National Building Museum's Great Hall

National Building Museum's Great Hall

Eight years ago, in the summer of 2004, we were in Washington, D.C., with our daughter, Anna, then 14. Our visit to the nation's capital included a stop at the National Building Museum. It's a museum the designers and craftspeople at KR+H would appreciate, but I confess at the time it was not on my wish list! And it was wonderful! We saw a memorable exhibit on Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio and another exhibit on concrete that I entered skeptically and exited amazed by the artful fabrication and uses of this common building material.

Fast forward to the summer of 2012, and the National Building Museum is definitely on my wish list. I'm interested to see their House & Home exhibit. It's an extensive exhibition that opened this spring, April 28, 2012, and is long term through May 1, 2017. It has been in the works since 1995. From what I've read, it offers a multi-faceted view...from how architecture affects individuals to how government policies, technology, and consumer culture enter into our homes. The National Building Museum's online House & Home exhibit information includes links to reviews that might peak your interest in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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