The 10 Best-Painted Buildings in Washington D.C.
No matter your politics, we can all agree that July 4 is a day that requires celebration. Not only is it the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all the amazing offerings of the beautiful U.S, it’s also a time to reflect on the sacrifices and victories of our forefathers. For this year’s celebration, Hall’s Quality Painting looks at the seat of our country at The 10 Best-Painted Buildings in Washington D.C.
10. Mount Vernon Estate
The home of America’s original president, Mount Vernon is an impressive testament to rustic architecture, and an archetype of classic southern charm. This sprawling mansion boasts a simple, yet elegant paint job with a white exterior, dark green shutters, and a burgundy roof.
9. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Not only a founder of modern civil rights, but also an intellectual and political leader for the time, Frederick Douglass is a major figure in American History. His preserved home boasts a simple, yet warm grey brick exterior with white trim, dark green shutters, and a red roof.
8. The National Building Museum
Considering the fact that it is a Museum dedicated to American Architecture and city planning, it’s no surprise that the National Building Museum is a glorious building itself. While the exterior is a beautiful red brick, the cavernous interior is painted an appropriate gold highlight of the colossal marble pillars in the middle.
7. Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Originally the State, War, and Navy Building, it now holds offices for much of the executive staff. This giant building commands attention, and its understated grey slate and granite exterior exterior is perfectly accented by the dark roof and white trim around it.
6. Tudor Place
Built in 1816, this testament to the beauty of gardens is captured exquisitely by the natural sand-colored tones of the rustic exterior of this simple building.
5. International Spy Museum
As is to be expected, the outside isn’t much to look at. But step inside, and see tons of exhibits where lighting, architecture, and paint all come together to form a world of mystery.
4. Ashburton House
A colonial masterpiece, the sand-colored, white-trimmed house saw the resolution of Canada-America border issues. Not too far from Virginia Beach, VA!
3. Blind Whino SW Arts Club
Originally a Church built in 1886, this cathedral has been repurposed as an Arts club, with a paint job out front that is sure to turn any head.
2. U.S. Capitol Building
Built in 1793, The U.S. Capitol was originally built out of sandstone-clad brick, but more recent additions include brick clad in marble. The beautiful classic white color of the exterior is undoubtedly part of its identity, but the inside is covered floor-to-ceiling in beautiful statues, murals, and paintings.
1. The White House
Hall’s Quality Painting’s favorite, and Perhaps the most iconic image of D.C., the White House has housed sitting presidents for well over 200 years. Obviously named after its paint job, the white house takes approximately 570 gallons of paint to paint the exterior! Sometimes, it’s a good thing most of our Virginia Beach, VA, houses aren’t 55,000 square feet.