National Gallery of Art West Building

Title

National Gallery of Art West Building

Description

In the 1920s, art collector and financier Andrew Mellon decided that the city needed a proper museum of art to rival those in Europe. With construction funds, a sizable endowment, and art all donated from Mellon, construction on the National Gallery of Art was begun in 1937. The building, designed in a classical style by John Russell Pope, was dedicated on March 17, 1941. The museum quickly attracted donations from other prominent art dealers, and today features art from around the world.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

03/17/1941 (Dedicated)

Coverage

Physical Description

Neoclassical style building constructed of marble, featuring a center rotunda. About the size of a city block.

Location

National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Description

In the 1920s, art collector and financier Andrew Mellon decided that the city needed a proper museum of art to rival those in Europe. With construction funds, a sizable endowment, and art all donated from Mellon, construction on the National Gallery of Art was begun in 1937. The building, designed in a classical style by John Russell Pope, was dedicated on March 17, 1941. The museum quickly attracted donations from other prominent art dealers, and today features art from around the world.

Creator

John Russell Pope

Date

03/17/1941 (Dedicated)

Coverage

1920-1949

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.