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National Gallery of Art – Washington DC

CASE STUDY 194

YEAR BUILT:
1937-1941

ARCHITECT:
John Russell Pope

RESTORATION:
2012-2013

PROJECT ARCHITECT:
Vitetta

MATERIALS:
Tennessee Pink Marble

The National Gallery of Art was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the United States Congress. The National Gallery’s original building included the neoclassical West Building designed by John Russell Pope.

Challenge

The neoclassical West Building is one of the most prominent buildings on the National Mall and needed stone restoration and cleaning.

Solution

Work included patching, crack repair, full unit replacement, pointing, caulking, and cleaning. Extremely gentle water misting was used to clean exterior with almost no chemicals. All work was safely completed with the museum in full operation.