Art: American Louvre

This week the U. S. Government got a present: the largest marble building in the world. The building was the National Gallery of Art. The two creators of the building were not present at its formal opening : they were both dead — Donor Andrew W. Mellon, onetime Secretary of the Treasury, and Architect John Russell Pope. The building alone cost $15,000,000; the art masterpieces that went with it were valued at $50,000,000. The Gallery, which spread its great, windowless length 782 ft. along Constitution Avenue, diagonally opposite the Smithsonian Institution, had a...

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