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The East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, designed by I. M. Pei.

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East Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington
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I. M. Pei designed iconic pyramids to adorn the plaza between the West and East Buildings of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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East Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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The East Building of the National Gallery of Art and the Fourth Street Plaza, designed by I. M. Pei.

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The light-filled East Building Atrium at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, has welcomed some 75 million visitors since its opening in 1978.

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Visitors enjoy the East Building during a recent evening program at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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Designed by I. M. Pei, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art has a dramatic glow after dark due to its Tennessee pink marble, taken from the same quarries that provided stone for the West Building.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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A view of the National Gallery of Art East Building and U. S. Capitol dome at night. The "knife edge," signature southwest corner of the East Building, cleaves the air at 19.5 degrees to a height of 116 feet. It may be the sharpest corner of any building in the world.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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Designed by I. M. Pei, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art has a dramatic glow after dark due to its Tennessee pink marble, taken from the same quarries that provided stone for the West Building.
© Dennis Brack/Black Star.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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I. M. Pei and Leonard Jacobson, partner architect with I. M. Pei & Partners, at work on East Building original construction project, circa 1972.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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Paul Mellon (left), J. Carter Brown (center), and I. M. Pei in the East Building, January 20, 1978.
Photo by Bill Sumits.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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J. Carter Brown (left), Paul Mellon (center), and I. M. Pei in the East Building, January 20, 1978.
Photo by Bill Sumits.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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I. M. Pei in the East Building Atrium, 1978.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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Architect I. M. Pei in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art on opening day, June 1, 1978.
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I. M. Pei in East Building Atrium, June 1, 1978.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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I. M. Pei, Early conceptual sketch for the East Building, 1968. Gift of I. M. Pei & Partners.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

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I. M. Pei & Partners, National Gallery of Art East Building Design Team, Working sketches for building plan from the Yann Weymouth Notebook, June 1969. Gift of I. M. Pei & Partners.
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I. M. Pei & Partners, National Gallery of Art East Building Design Team, Conceptual sketch for building profile from the Yann Weymouth Notebook, Fall 1968. Gift of I. M. Pei & Partners.
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