Sunday, February 27, 2022

Detail, Arts & Industries Building

 Started in 1881 and built to display the latest technology, the Arts & Industries Building was the Smithsonian's first museum. Badly in need of repairs and restoration, inside and out, it was on the National Trust's list of Most Endangered Places for a long time. I've always admired its exuberant exterior. Multicolored enameled bricks run in bands and frame windows. Carved stone medallions punctuate the roofline. The wrought iron gates are the essence of Victorian design. Now, until July, 2022, the building is open for a special exhibit titled "Futures." It's a chance to view the interior and to consider what may be the future of this important building.