1923 - National Mall, City of Washington
Palazzo as gallery on the Mall, designed by Charles A. Platt for railroad magnate Charles Lang Freer. The most well-known story about Freer and the arts has to do with the Peacock Room created by James McNeill Whistler who was greatly influenced by Chinese prints and ceramics and it shows in many of his portrait paintings. Thanks to Freer, it's here - as were live peacocks in the courtyard, until the 1970's.
The gallery is home to many of Whistler's works, but I should probably mention that the Freer is mostly dedicated to Asian arts; screens and porcelain. Alas, my visits always have a singular goal: to visit my old friend "Breakfast In The Loggia" 1910, by John Singer Sargent. As far as a painter's painter is concerned, it doesn't get better than JSS - I mean, how on earth did he get so many pigments into a single brush stroke?
(reprint from 1913 mongraph- sure wish I had the original)
North Facade - facing National Mall
Facing Independence Avenue