Facade of the Patent Office Building

South facade of the Patent Office Building (home of the National Portrait Gallery)

Glimpse of the Past: A Neighborhood Evolves

March 5, 2010 - September 25, 2011

“Glimpse of the Past” is a photographic exploration of the neighborhood surrounding the Patent Office Building, one of the oldest federal buildings in Washington, D.C. and now home to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Featuring images from the 1850s to the present, the exhibition shows the rise, decline and revival of the area. An interactive in the exhibition will also feature snapshots of the area during the 1960s and1970s made by Washingtonian Chris Earnshaw.