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Mini Golf

July 4, 2012–September 3, 2012

  • Mini Golf at the Museum. Photo by Allen Sprechter.
  • Hole: Ball on the Mall. Designer and Builder: E/L Studio; Sponsor: Frank and Georgine Anton. Photo by Alison Dunn Photography.
  • Mini golf course at the National Building Museum. Photo by Museum staff.
  • Hole: Take Back the Streets! Designer and Builder: Seth Estep, Brian Green, Rebecca May, Luke VanBellegham, Students of the Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center; Sponsor: American Society of Landscape Architects. Photo by Alison Dunn Photography.
  • Mini golf golf balls. Photo by Alison Dunn Photography.

Over the summer, the Museum explored the built world via an unprecedented−and unexpected−interactive exhibition: a miniature golf course. Twelve original mini golf holes were designed and built by leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington, D.C. area. The course was set up in the Museum’s galleries from July 4 through Labor Day and was enjoyed by more than 27,000 visitors

The installation included a selection of objects from the Museum’s collection. As a tribute to the windmill, a ubiquitous mini golf obstacle, a number of toy windmills from the Museum’s Architectural Toy Collection were a popular attraction. Visitors’ knowledge of mini golf history was tested with fun facts sprinkled throughout the course.

FY12 Mini Golf Teams

  • Designer and Builder: District Design; Sponsor: Linder & Associates Event Architects
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: STUDIOS Architecture and OLIN; Additional support from: 3form, Alliance Lighting, and Interface
  • Designer: GrizForm Design Architects; Builder: Potomac Construction Services; Sponsor: IEEE-USA
  • Designer and Builder: Seth Estep, Brian Green, Rebecca May, and Luke VanBellegham, Students of the Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center; Sponsor: American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Sponsors: Atmosphere Lighting, Occasions Caterers, and Perfect Settings; Designer and Builder: Foundry Crew
  • Designer and Builder: E/L Studio; Sponsor: Frank and Georgine Anton
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: Hargrove Inc.
  • Designer: Landscape Architecture Bureau; Builder: Monarc Construction; Sponsor: The JBG Companies
  • Designer: Atelier U:W; Builder: Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech; Sponsor: Chase W. Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Designer and Builder: Inscape Studio; Sponsor: Steuart Investment Company, 360° H Street Apartments
  • Designer, Builder, and Sponsor: Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners

Additional support for Mini Golf was provided by: Cassidy Turley; DAVIS Construction; DODGE-CHROME, Inc.; Washington Parent; and Mr. Stephen E. Sandherr.


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