Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is
America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and
celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban
planning. Today the Museum occupies one of Washington's most spectacular
structures which was completed in 1887 by civil engineer Montgomery C.
Meigs. The building originally housed the Pension Bureau. Today it is
widely recognized as a marvel of engineering and most of the Presidential
Inaugural Balls are held in its beautiful central area.