Friday, June 7, 2013

Field Trip: Washington, D.C.

In early May we went to Washington, D.C. to visit my parents.  We went to a couple new places we'd never seen and an old favorite.

Among the new places was Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland, a beautiful performing arts center where we heard my mom sing in National Philharmonic Chorale.  After this lovely evening of Brahms, the next day we gawked at azaleas and dogwoods at the National Arboretum.  N. especially liked the Capitol Columns from the 1828 East Portico of the Capitol, which were removed when the East Portico was renovated and eventually installed at the National Arboretum.















(photo by N.)
We also spent a couple hours at one of N.'s favorite D.C. places, The National Building Museum.  We really loved the new exhibit on the tilework of the Guastavino family, whose elegant tile vaults crown spaces in Grand Central Station, Biltmore, the Boston Public Library, the U.S. Supreme Court, and many many more.  The work of these craftsmen forms a significant part of early twentieth-century architecture, but they are not household names.  N. really enjoyed browsing the pictures, drawings, and artifacts, as well as the multi-media elements of the exhibit, some of which are available on the exhibit website as well.  At another exhibit called PLAY WORK BUILD, after browsing the neat collection of architectural/ building toys on display, N. built a vaulted structure out of foam blocks.  He said it was a model of a D.C. subway station, but I think he was also processing all we'd just learned about the Guastavino vaults.   

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Loved it! Wish you all could have heard Orff too.
-cmr