Then and Now: Celebrating 60 years of the National Gallery of Art West Building
Exterior Views: A Grand Presence
Interior Views: Changing Perspectives
Visiting the Gallery: Systems and Services
North
Facade
Mall
Facade
Mall
Entrance


Constitution Avenue facade, 1941
Constitution Avenue facade of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, seen from Sixth Street NW, 1941; photograph Jack Hyams

Constitution Avenue facade, 2001
Constitution Avenue facade of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, seen from Sixth Street NW, 2001


North Facade
Sixth Street, a north-south thoroughfare, was closed in 1937 at Constitution Avenue for construction of the original West Building of the National Gallery of Art. Since then, large office buildings gradually have replaced small-scale brick row houses on Sixth Street as the urban core of the city has evolved. The grand north facade of the West Building remains as a dramatic terminus for this urban vista.


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