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October 29, 2018

6:00p - 8:00p

District Architecture Center

421 7th St NW,

Washington, DC 20004

2.0 LU CEU's

National Gallery of Art’s West Building: A Phased Approach to Repairing a Historic Masonry Facade

Presented by: Carl Campioli & Hillary Lord


Designed by John Russell Pope and completed in 1941, the West Building of the National Gallery of Art was a gift to the nation by financier and former secretary of the treasury Andrew Mellon.  Although designed in a traditional classicizing style, the West Building was built with modern technology, including a steel frame and a three-acre roof composed primarily of skylights.  The exterior of the building, clad in Tennessee pink marble, was planned to harmonize with its surroundings, particularly the buildings of the National Mall and the adjacent Federal Triangle.


The preservation of the Gallery’s buildings and the protection of the collection depend on the maintenance of a water-tight building envelope and the continued care for the historic building fabric.  For this reason, Gallery staff perform regular visual surveys and routine maintenance, and larger repair projects are carried out as part of the Gallery’s Master Facilities Plan, an ongoing, long-term program of repair, restoration and renovation.  This talk will discuss recent work to maintain and repair the exterior stone of the West Building.

Featured Speaker Biography:


Mr. Campioli has worked as an architect at the National Gallery of Art for 30 years and has been involved with the Gallery’s renovation and restoration program and several large-scale projects.  He was the Gallery project manager for the design and construction of the National Gallery Sculpture Garden and was the contract officer’s representative for the East Building Exterior Stone Repairs project and the recently completed East Building renovation and expansion project.


Mr. Campioli is a registered architect with civil engineering training and private practice work, including 15 years at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill prior to work at the National Gallery of Art.  He has a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from The Catholic University of America.

Ms. Lord joined the National Gallery of Art in 2009 and is now a Program Specialist in the Office of Architecture and Engineering.  Previously, Ms. Lord worked for Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Archictects in Washington, primarily focused on historic preservation and master plan projects.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. 

Learning Objectives:

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the unique challenges for exterior facade cleaning and repairs imposed by a classical styled, 1940’s era, marble clad monumental building in Washington DC.

  • Review the methodology proposed and utilized to clean and repair the marble facades of the building.

  • Review the ongoing observations and maintenance by building staff unique to the architecture and material.

Please click here​ to register and receive your CEU's.

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