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AIDS Quilt Display

Visitors could view 500 squares from the AIDS Memorial Quilt from the Museum's 2nd and 3rd floor balconies. Photo by Kevin Allen.A visitor contemplates squares of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in the Museum's Great Hall. Photo by Kevin Allen.Visitors could view 500 squares from the AIDS Memorial Quilt from the Museum's 2nd and 3rd floor balconies. Photo by Kevin Allen.Visitors could view 500 squares from the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the Museum's Great Hall. Photo by Kevin Allen.Visitors could view 500 squares from the AIDS Memorial Quilt from the Museum's 2nd and 3rd floor balconies. Photo by Kevin Allen.

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For five days in July, the National Building Museum had the privilege of displaying over 500 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. As part of the Quilt in the Capital project, and in conjunction with the International AIDS Conference, the display of the quilt panels at the Museum comprised the largest installation off the National Mall. Blanketing the entire Great Hall, many of the panels paid tribute to designers, architects, engineers, and others connected to the building industry who lost their lives to AIDS. Other featured panels preserved the memory of military veterans who died from AIDS, a display which honored the historical connection between veterans and the Museum’s landmark building, originally constructed to house the U.S. Pension Bureau.

From July 21-25, more than 8,900 visitors to the Museum were invited to walk among the quilts to experience the details of each panel or view the entire installation from the upper floors to get an unparalleled view of the enormity of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Support for Quilt in the Capital 2012 at the National Building Museum is provided by Mr. Todd C. DeGarmo, FAIA; Sheila C. Johnson; and McGraw-Hill Construction.


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