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Celebrating the history of the National Building Museum.

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  • NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUMan illustrated timeline

Construction on the Pension Building, the future home of the National Building Museum, begins. Pension Building construction completed. The finished building contains 15,500,000 bricks and costs $886,614.04 to construct. 18821884 1885 1887 Pension Bureau moves into the building. President Grover Clevelands inauguralball, the first to take place in the Pension Building, is held in the Great Hall President Benjamin Harrisons President William McKinleys second inaugural ball. inaugural ball.1889 1897 1901 1909President William McKinleys first President William Tafts inaugural ball.inaugural ball. The Government Accounting Office moves into a new building across G Street. Various other tenants, including the Civil Service Commission and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia occupy the building until 1980, when restoration work for the creation of the National Building Museum begins.Pension Bureau moves to another location. 19261950Government Accounting Office (GAO)moves into the building. In the early 1960s, the General Services Administration (GSA) considers demolishing the building. Under pressure from preservationists, GSA commissions Washington architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith to explore other possibilities for its use. The result is the 1967 report, The Pension Building: A Building in Search of a Client, which introduces the idea of converting the building into a museum ofAn Act of Congress the building arts.mandates the creation ofCommittee for thethe National BuildingMuseum of the Building Museum as a private,Arts is formed.nonprofit educational institution. The Act establishes a private-Pension Building listed onCongress passes apublic partnership btweenthe National Register ofresolution calling for the the GSA, the DepartmentHistoric Places preservation of theof the Interior, and thebuilding as a national Museumtreasure. 1967 196919731975 19781980President Richard Nixonsinaugural ball. The annual holiday television special Christmas inWashington is taped in the Great Hall for the first time. The National Building Museum has hosted Christmasin Washington every year since. Extensive renovation and adaptive reuse work begins on the Pension Building to restore it to its nineteenth- century appearance. 198019811982President Ronald First issue of Blueprints, the Museums first Reagans inaugural ball.publication. A quarterly journal devoted to all aspects of the building arts and the built Bates Lowry is named the first director ofenvironment, Blueprints discusses topics ranging the National Building Museum. from urban skyscrapers to suburban housing to landscape architecture. The Museum expands its permanent collection with the acquisition of the Wurts Brothers Photography Collection.This internationally recognized collection, comprising some 20,000 prints and negatives, is the Museums largest and most significant photographic archives until 2006. The Museum beginsits docent program. 1982 19831985 The Museum receives an unprecedented On October 24, 1985, the National Building Museum gift of 50,000 drawings created by the opens to the public with four exhibitions, anchored by Northwestern Terra Cotta Company Building a National Image: Architectural Drawings for between 1900 and 1954. The collectionthe American Democracy. In the same year, the Pension remains one of the largest and mostBuilding is designated a National Historic Landmark. valuable of its kind. The Museum holds its first Festival of the BuildingArts, an all-day, all-ages festival that celebrates thebuilt environment. The Festival of the Building Artsis a National Building Museum tradition thatcontinues today. Robert W. Duemling isnamed President andDirector of the National Building Museum. President Ronald Reagans second inaugural ball. 19851986 1987 The Museum institutes its annual Honor Award to recognize individuals and corporations that have made important contributions to the nations built environment. The first recipient is J. Irwin Miller, cited for his work to bring buildings designed by Americas greatest architects to his native city of Columbus, Indiana A 65-foot-high, Frank Gehry-designed sculpture is installed inthe Museums Great Hall by nearly600 volunteers from the SheetMetal Workers InternationalAssociation and the Sheet Metaland Air Conditioning ContractorsNational Association as part of theSheet Metal Craftsmanship:Progress in Building exhibition.The Museum opens its first long-term exhibition, Washington: Symbol and City, exploring the dynamic tension between the twin roles played by the capital city. The first iteration of the show is on view for 10 years. The second iteration opens in 2004 and is still open today. 1988 1989 1991Restoration and renovationPresident George Bushs inaugural ball.efforts in the building arecompleted. The Museum launches the Investigating Where We Live outreach program that teaches local students how to interpret Washington, D.C., neighborhoods through photography and creative writing.The Museum launches its premierlecture series, Spotlight on Design,which features famous and cutting-edge designers and architects fromaround the world. Some notable The Museum launches its speakers over the years have CityVision outreach programincluded Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, for middle and junior highRem Koolhaas, David Adjaye, Jean school students, which Nouvel, and Steven Holl. teaches participants how to initiate and promote change in their community through design. 1993 19941996 President Bill Clintons Susan Henshaw Jones is first inaugural ball.appointed President andDirector of the Museum. The Museum holds its first Discover Engineering Family Night, which would grow into the Zoom into Engineering Festival in 2002 and become the popular Discover Engineering Family Day, which is still held at the Museum today. From the The Museum holds its firstbeginning, the event celebratesSmart Growth lecture. Theengineering and shows audiences of Smart Growth speaker series all-ages how professional engineers is a free, noontime program,turn an idea into reality.presented in association withthe U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency, which promotes dialogue and research of sustainable development strategies that preserve community characterand protect the environment.The Pension Building is officially renamed the National Building Museum.19971998President Bill Clintons The Museum begins its lecture series Building in the 21st second inaugural ball. Century in partnership with the Department of Energy. The series offers free noontime lectures focused on energy-efficient and economical technologies and construction techniques. The Museum establishes the Vincent Scully Prize to recognize exemplary practice, scholarship or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design. The first recipient is the eminent architectural historian himself.The Museums most popularexhibition to date, The WhiteHouse in Miniature, opens. Onaverage, 22,661 visitors tour theexhibition each month during itsfive and half month run.The Washington Post names the National Building Museum A new outreach effort for area youth, the DesignShop best in the city. Apprenticeship Program (DAP), begins. This 30- hour program conducted on five-to-six consecutive Saturdays offers students an intensive experience in which they design and construct projects. 19992000More than 1,600 people attend aSpotlight on Design lecture by FrankGehry in the Great Hall. The lecture holdsthe record for largest public lectureattendance at the Museum. The Museum receives the MayorsArts Award for OutstandingEducation Programs. In response to the attacks of September 11th, the Museum presents a year-long series ofexhibitions and education programstitled Building in the Aftermath,including the exhibitions Twin TowersRemembered: Photographs byCamilo Jos Vergara and A NewWorld Trade Center: Design Proposals, opening in 2002. The Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology, endowed by the Turner Construction Company, is created. The first recipient is the noted structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson.20012002 2003 President George W. Bushs first inaugural ball. Chase W. Rynd is appointedexecutive director and presidentof the National Building Museum. As the issue of sustainability comes to the forefront, the Museum opens the exhibition Big & Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century, which explores environmentally- friendly designs for skyscrapers and other megastructures. This Old House films master carpenter Norm Abram touring the Museums acclaimed exhibition Do-It-Yourself: Home Improvement The Museum opens the in 20th-Century America with curatorimmensely popular Liquid Stone: Chrysanthe Broikos and creates a one-hour New Architecture in Concrete TV special based on the exhibition.exhibition, featuring the public debut of translucent concrete. 20032004 President George W. Bushs second inaugural ball.The Museum launches the Bridge Basics Curriculum Kit for national audiences. The kit is introduced into schools in Washington, D.C., followed by schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June of 2009.The Museum constructs a full-scale replica ofarchitect Michelle Kaufmanns Glidehouse in itsblockbuster exhibition The Green House: NewDirections in Sustainable Architecture andDesign, focused on the greening of residentialarchitecture. First Lady Laura Bush visits theexhibition shortly after it opens in the summer of2006. 20052006 In partnership with the American Planning Association, the Museum hosts its first LEnfant Lecture on City Planning and Design with Sir Peter Hall. The lecture is established to draw attention to critical issues in city and regional planning in the United States. Later LEnfant lecturers include: EnriquePealosa, Teddy Cruz, Paul Goldberger, and Barry Bergdoll. The Museum expands its permanent collection with t