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Newseum, Washington DC Building
Contemporary American Architecture design by ennead architects
post updated Jan 11, 2021 ; May 15, 2008
Newseum Washington DC
Location: 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC
Date built: 2008
Design: Polshek Partnership (now ennead architects) with Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Journalism museum, relocated from Virginia
Approx. cost: $450m
Lead Architects: James S. Polshek / Robert Young
Cubic building engraved with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment
Exhibition design : Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Adjacent buildings include the National Gallery of Art.
The Newseum was an interactive museum that promoted free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication. The seven-level, 250,000-sqft (23,000 sqm) museum was located in Washington, D.C., and featured fifteen theaters and fifteen galleries.
Its Berlin Wall Gallery included the largest display of sections of the wall outside Germany. The Today’s Front Pages Gallery presented daily front pages from more than 80 international newspapers.
The Today’s Front Pages Gallery is still available on the Newseum’s website, along with a few other galleries. Other galleries presented topics including the First Amendment, world press freedom, news history, the September 11 attacks, and the history of the Internet, TV, and radio.
It opened at its first location in Rosslyn, Virginia, in April 1997, and in April 2008, it opened at its last location. As of December 31, 2019, the Newseum closed its doors and is seeking a new site, while many exhibits and artifacts went into storage or were returned to their owners.
The 643,000-square-foot (60,000 m²) Newseum included a 90-foot (27 m) high atrium, seven levels of displays, 15 theaters, a dozen major galleries, many more smaller exhibits, two broadcast studios, and an expanded interactive newsroom. The structural engineer for this project was Leslie E. Robertson Associates.
Newseum photos from Polshek Partnership 150508
Polshek Partnership became Ennead Architects since this design
Location: 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC, United States of America
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