Month: September 2013

Washington Monument, flanked by East Wing of National Gallery of Art.

IMG_0031Robert Mills won the competition for the Washington Monument in 1836, but it was not until the late 19th century that construction was completed, delayed by various problems, especially raising money for construction.

I.M. Pei designed the second building for the National Gallery of Art in the late 1960s.  Its modernist architecture of flat facades and sharp angles is in marked contrast to John Russell Pope’s Classical Revival building, started in the late 1930s and finished in the 1940s, after his death, by his associates.

(c)Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2013

Adams Memorial

Henry Adams asked his friend Augustus Saint Gaudens, the most prominent American sculptor, to design a figure as a memorial to Adams’s late wife, Marion Hopper, known as Clover.  She was an accomplished photographer.  Another friend, architect Stanford White designed the classical base and rear panel.  Henry Adams is also buried there, but no names appear.

(c)Bill Lebovich,2013, all rights reserved.Image

My upcoming illustrated lecture on Lafayette Square

318   Life, Love, Death, and Rebirth on Lafayette Square
 This lecture will look at the intersection of art, architecture, politics, and the late 19th century American intellectualism/progressive movement by examining the lives of John Hay, Henry and Clover Adams and other prominent Americans who lived in the houses facing the House White, across Lafayette Square. The lecture will also examine Jacqueline Kennedy’s brief occupancy, but great influence on American politics.
Lunch & Learn – lunch will be provided
Bill Lebovich, Architectural Historian, Photographer

Monday          11:30 AM to 1:00 PM        Sep 16

1 Session       $18
Live & Learn Bethesda is a non-profit organization that provides adult education classes at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, in downtown Bethesda adjacent to the Bethesda Metro.
People can view our catalog and register online at or call us at 301-740-6150.Image