National Gallery of Art Pouch

About the Buildings

Andrew Mellon selected American architect John Russell Pope to design the museum’s original West Building. His proposal was for a building in a traditional classicizing style but built with the most modern technology. Most of the building’s three-acre roof is composed of skylights so that the galleries below are bathed in bright, unifying natural light. Andrew Mellon and John Russell Pope died within twenty-four hours of each other in August 1937. The West Building was completed in accordance with their plans. It has been maintained and renovated through the years, and is now undergoing a multi-year restoration.

When he created the National Gallery of Art, Andrew Mellon asked Congress to set aside an adjacent plot of land for eventual expansion. After little more than 25 years, that expansion already was needed. In 1967, Andrew Mellon’s children, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, offered funds for a second building to meet the museum’s pressing space needs. Architect I. M. Pei was selected to design the building in a modernist style, but closely linked to the original West Building. Construction began in 1971 and the museum opened to the public on June 1, 1978.

National Gallery of Art Pouch

# 579503

NGA Produced


In Stock




This handsome pouch, featuring the Gallery's classic West Building on one side and modern East Building on the other, can be used as a pencil case, a makeup pouch, or as a stash for other odds and ends.
  • Recycled PET twill fabric
  • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Black grosgrain zipper pull

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