To remind myself that there is life outside of new-book promotion -- and to save my sanity -- I took a break last weekend in downtown DC. The highlight of that break was a visit to the National Building Museum.
|The Pension Building|
|The Great Hall|
The Great Hall, as you can see, is magnificent. Inaugural balls have been held here. (Those marble columns, BTW, aren't. They're brick, three feet thick, covered in terra cotta, and painted to look like marble.)
The one major exhibit I toured was excellent (some exhibits were off limits that day, due to a craft show sprawling across the main hall). And the docent-led historical/architectural tour was just excellent. Our 45-minute tour lasted 75 minutes, as the volunteer was happy -- and able -- to field all questions.
|A close-up of the frieze|
Next post, we're back to the InterstellarNet: Enigma roll-out ...