Welcome,visitor! Login

Unbuilt Washington exhibition at the National Building Museum

2012/01/09, by , under AIA, blog, drawing, Events, Exhibits, models

This is the first of what I hope are many Presenting Architecture Blog posts whose idea and or concept was forwarded to me by a Presenting Architecture member.  A huge thanks for this goes to architectural artist and author Tom Schaller who is a great friend and early member of Presenting Architecture.  Tom’s work can be seen in many places including:  Presenting Architecture Directory      www.twschaller.com

Unbuilt Washington

November 19, 2011 – May 28, 2012

Visualization artists and model makers often work on projects that never get built.  Certain to never see the light of day many proposals are destined for file drawers or even the trash, models can really be left behind and go into disrepair.  Thanks to the National Building Museum, at least some treasured artworks are kept safe.  For Unbuilt Washington, there are many images and models that are not only safe, but the actual subject of an exhibit!  Without these archived pieces, the story of what could have been in Washington DC could not be told.


John Russell Pope, Proposal for Lincoln Memorial, 1912. National Archives.
The museum has gone a few extra steps which should be noted especially for those of us who might not be lucky enough to see the exhibit in person.

Without help from these sponsors, this exhibit surely would not have happened

Major Sponsors

AIA Architect Magazine


National Endowment for the Arts


assa abloy logo Grunley Construction Holland & Knight
Skidmore Owings Merrill STUDIOS Architecture


James G. Davis Construction Corporation
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

The exhibition is presented in partnership with The American Institute of Architects, AIA Legacy, ARCHITECT Magazine, Hanley Wood, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAǀDC), and the Washington Architectural Foundation.

The National Building Museum gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of the Library of Congress, the principal lender to this exhibition.