The image above is reworked from a photo of the old Patent Office Building in Washington, D.C., created for the United States Government as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Welcome! We at 8th & F love art and architecture, and hope you do, too.
Our name, 8th & F, refers to the intersection in Washington, D.C. where lies our inspiration for this adventure. At that junction sits the Old Patent Office Building (pictured above), which currently houses both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, and which previously housed the United States Patent Office. The current occupants, obviously, hold appeal to those interested in the visual arts. Their predecessor, though, through its legacy of millions of patent applications with accompanying, often fascinating, illustrations, has something to offer the art lover, as well.
We have been fortunate, through the awesome power of the internet - and the willingness of museums like the SAAM and dozens like it, and countless galleries and individuals, to make their collections available online - to have the opportunity to view and enjoy vast treasure troves of wonderfully beautiful paintings, drawings, illustrations, sculptures, and photographs from around the globe; art that not long ago was accessible only to a lucky few. Sifting through it all, though, can sometimes be a chore when you wish simply to find something to fit your particular modern sensibilities and mood of the moment. So, our labor of love, which we share with you here, is to create a curated collection of reminders and reimaginings of our favorite art and architecture, and those who created it. A collection that we hope will appeal to some of our fellow art and architecture lovers.