National Portrait Gallery

Also known as: Old Patent Office, National Collection of Fine Arts
F and G Sts. between 7th and 9th Sts., NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Description 

One of the foremost examples of Greek Revival architecture in America. During the 19th century was the largest of Washington's government buildings, housing a variety of agencies. Famous people associate width the building include Abraham Lincoln, whose second inaugural was held there, and Clara Barton and Walt Whitman, who were employed there. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-130)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000902
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Science; Architecture; Invention
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Government office
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1840; 1850; 1867

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