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The Newseum (former)

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1997, Thomas Bantel with Ralph Applebaum Associates. 1101 Wilson Blvd. Closed 2002
  • (By Ben Schumin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

An unconventional museum occupied the lower two stories of this building, originally designed as a shopping mall. The prominent dome projects a civic air, although the museum's ownership (see preceding entry) is very much private enterprise. Bantel and Appelbaum squeezed a spectacular multimedia display inside with a “video news wall” and, in a 36foot-high lobby, a geodesic globe festooned with the mastheads of more than 1,800 newspapers.

At the end of 2001 the Freedom Forum announced that it would close the Newseum in March 2002 in preparation for a move to a new site and a much larger, purpose-built facility on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, D.C. As of this writing, the Rosslyn site awaits yet another reuse.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "The Newseum (former)", [Arlington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 54-55.

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