National Building Museum

Three Movements in Architecture: The Glass Box

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Three Movements in Architecture is a three-part lecture series exploring significant periods in architectural history—Gothic Revival (lecture on July 9), Frank Lloyd Wright: Prairie School (lecture on July 16), and The Glass Box. 

1225 Connecticut Avenue.  Photograph by Paul WarcholThe Glass Box:
Long used pejoratively, the term “glass box” described the cold, abstract, often lifeless curtain-wall structures common in the corporate world of the 1950s and ’60s. Many of these buildings were also environmentally disastrous, requiring vast amounts of energy for heating and cooling. Today, with advances in material technology, glass is often a smart choice from an environmental standpoint and architects are returning to the use of glass curtain walls in imaginative and varied ways.  G. Martin Moeller, Jr., National Building Museum senior vice president and curator, looks at the resurgence of this building type and reveals an emerging “cool” factor. 1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

$12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability. 

The National Building Museum has created self-guided walking tours of Washington, D.C.-area buildings designed in the styles covered in Three Movements in Architecture. Visit our site to start your next tour.


Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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