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National Gallery of Art - West Building Entrance

Designed by architect John Russell Pope (who would go on to design the mason House of the Temple), the new structure was completed and accepted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of the American people on March 17, 1941. At the time of its inception it was the largest marble structure in the world.

The museum stands on the former site of the Sixth Street railway station, most famous for being where 20th president James Garfield was shot in 1881 by a disgruntled office seeker.

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