Autochrome by Charles Martin

National Building Museum (401 F Street N.W.; phone: +1 202 272 2448)

Built during 1882-87 as the U.S. Pension Building to handle the very large number of American military veterans from the Civil War, the structure has a great hall with some of the tallest Corinthian columns in the world. Thirteen Inaugural Balls have been held here. The building now honors American architecture and the building arts.