Translating Architectural Elements

Photo 101 asked us to translate architectural elements into black and white. I walked one block to the Museum of American History and National Portrait Gallery, past the Hotel Monaco and the Le Droit Building, through the middle of the Museum and its fantastic oasis of an atrium, to Calvary Baptist Church and back. Two blocks and this is what I got.

This is a side view of the Hotel Monaco. The hotel was D.C.’s first post office building and tariff office. It was designed by Robert Mills who also designed the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument.
Across the street from the Hotel Monaco is the Le Droit Building which was built in 1875 and “is representative of the earliest development of F Street as the commercial core of Washington, D.C.” Some other interesting facts:It was designed by James McGill “in the Italianate commercial style of its period” and “was intended exclusively for office use.” Its first tenants were mainly lawyers.
This is the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and National Portrait Gallery. Per the Smithsonian website, it is “one of the oldest public buildings constructed in early Washington . . . and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival public architecture in the United States.”
Closer up view of the Museum’s south entrance.
View from the first floor of the spiral staircase in the Museum. Robert Mills is credited with having designed the curved staircase. Mills “is recognized now as one of America’s architectural geniuses.”
The spectacular atrium at the Museum in between the north and south wings. There are water features and a café.
This is Calvary Baptist Church built in 1866, originally designed by Adolf Cluss in the then-popular Gothic Revival style.
Close-up POV of the north side entrance to the Museum.
Front view of the Hotel Monaco.
Modern office and residential building in between the Museum and the Church.


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