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
Air Conditioning

West Building refrigerating compressor, 1941
One of the original West Building refrigerating compressors, 1941

Air Conditioning
The West Building was planned and constructed with the most modern mechanical systems available at the time. It was among the first museums in the world to include air conditioning as an integral part of the design. Elaborate equipment provided a continuous flow of air to manage temperature and humidity throughout the building. Though now modernized, the system was so effective that it was extended to the East Building and remains in use today.

West Building compressor, 2001
West Building compressor, 2001

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