Windows of The Portrait Gallery

Chinatown boasts many wonderfully fun things… one of those is the FREE Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. When I was there last week I chatted with some women piloting a program called “Art À la carte.” They gave interesting historic facts about the building, one of which featured some graffiti findings from the 1800’s. The Portrait Gallery was used as a hospital for a few years during the Civil War and there is a modest little etching with a plexiglass covering in one of the windowsills, presumably from a recuperating patient. Try to find it if you can!

Another set of my favorite windows in the city is also found here; the Kogod Courtyard situated between the East and West wings of the museum. This sunny greenhouse is especially therapeutic in the winter when it’s too cold to actually dine or read outside.

Thirdly, check out this one on the 3rd floor… does she seem trapped behind the window or do you get a free feeling? Perhaps just inquisition? Or is she waiting for someone?

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