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National Building Museum

National Building Museum

Located close to the Mall in the heart of Washington D.C. is the National Building Museum, a hidden architectural gem and a delightful spot for your engagement session. This museum of architecture, design, and urban planning is aesthetically gorgeous and has many different textures that will bring your photos to life. 

It’s clear why people have been coming here for their celebrations ever since President Grover Cleveland celebrated his inaugural ball here in 1885—the building is breathtaking. Its crown jewel is the Grand Hall, a magnificent 19th-century setting that features a central fountain which is divided into three courts by two screens of colossal Corinthian columns, some of the tallest in the world. The effect is impressive as you look down the courtyards through the marble pillars and up at the surrounding arcaded floors and windows. The exterior of the building is also lovely, built entirely out of pressed red brick, which gives it an unusually smooth surface. It’s decorated with terracotta and you’ll love spotting details at the bases of the Corinthian columns and elsewhere in this historic building. 

Its history, architectural importance, and decorative elements make this a sophisticated Washington D.C. engagement photography destination that will provide a timeless backdrop for your photos.


Photo Permit Required: No

National Building Museum - D.C.

401 F St NW Washington
DC, 20001
(202) 272-2448

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