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Newseum 1st Amendement Wall

The Newseum is an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It features highly inventive modern architectural design, and perhaps the most critical aspect of its facade is the 1st Amendment Wall, which displays the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution.

This large tablet of 6″ and 3″ thick Tennessee pink marble measures 74′ tall x 66′ wide utilizing two finishes; a traditional sandblasted finish which matches the East & West Wings of the adjacent National Gallery of Art Museum buildings, along with an inventive grooved or corduroy finish which is a series of parallel 1/4″ deep grooves sandblasted into the face of the marble cladding.

The highly detailed graphic design was produced and proofed by Rugo draftsman, and all the stone engraving was performed in Rugo Stone’s marble shop. The entire tablet is floating on a secondary miscellaneous steel structure, designed, fabricated, and erected by Rugo craftsman. The tablet wall appears to be floating away from the main curtainwall facade.

Rugo’s team of skilled riggers and masons erected all the panels with a combination of a mobile crane and a custom-designed mono-rail and chain hoist system. The project also includes two sizeable walls clad in limestone and various uses of interior stone in the residential portion of the project.

2008 Washington Building Congress Award Winner for Exterior Stone Craftsmanship

Location: Washington, DC
Completion: 2007
Owner: Freedom Foundation
Architect: Polshek Partnership
General Contractor: Turner Construction
4,000 sqft
Services: Design, fabricate, engrave, and install stone and secondary support steel

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