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

South porch, 1941

View of the south porch of the West Building, 1941; photograph Jack Hyams

South porch, 2001
South porch of the West Building, 2002

Mall Entrance
Reflecting his beaux-arts training, architect John Russell Pope gave particular attention to the approaches and entrances to the West Building. From the Mall, a broad staircase leads to a colonnaded porch and the building's main entrance. In May 1941 visitors sat among the columns, waiting for the doors to open. Sixty years later, the columned porch awaits a new generation of visitors.

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