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'House & Home' At The National Building Museum Features George Washington's House, A Farrah Fawcett Poster (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/23/2012 5:25 pm

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A model of George Washington's Mount Vernon, in Alexandria, Virginia.

WASHINGTON -- George Washington's idea of what makes a home might be different from yours. He probably didn't have a Farrah Fawcett poster hanging on the wall.

The National Building Museum's exhibit "House & Home" will take an expansive look at what it means to be at home in America.

The exhibition will include some features that sound perfectly compelling and others that seem compellingly odd.

Compelling: Displays of household goods through the centuries -- among them a butter churn and a poster of Farrah Fawcett -- and scale models of iconic American homes including George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

Compellingly odd: An interactive timeline tracing the origins and development of our modern mortgage system and a touchable feature on building materials.

Check out a preview of "House & Home" in the slideshow below:

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  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Flatpak House, Callicoon, New York. Architect: Lazor Office.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Kitchen timer, 1990s; Whale oil lamp, c. 1810s; Teddy bear, 1930s; Slinky, 1960s.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Turnberry Towers, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2011. Builder: Turnberry Associates. Built: 2006.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Installation photo showing "House & Home"'s display of 200 household objects.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pa. Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. Built: 1935. Model by Studios Eichbaum + Arnold, c. 2012.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Monticello, Charlottesville, Va. Built by Thomas Jefferson, 1769-1826. Model by Studios Eichbaum + Arnold, c. 2012.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Vizcaya, Miami, Fla. Architect: F. Burrall Hoffman. Built: 1916. Model by Studios Eichbaum + Arnold, c. 2012.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Fiestaware Pitcher, 1950s-60s; Big Ben alarm clock, 1920s; Tupperware snack cups, 1970s; Camera, 1940s (Howard County Historical Society, Ellicott City, Md.); Meat grinder, 1940s; Royal Doulton figurine, 1962 (Private Collection).

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Installation photo showing some of the life-size, touchable wall sections from "House & Home."

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Musuem

    Installation photo showing "House & Home"'s display of 200 household objects.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Musuem

    Mount Vernon near Alexandria, Va. Built by George Washington, mid-1700s. Model by Studios Eichbaum + Arnold, c. 2012.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Musuem

    Cabbage Patch Doll, 1980s; Typewriter, early 20th century (Howard County Historical Society, Ellicott City, Md.); Darning egg, c. 1920; Beer stein, 1940s (Hank and Karen Griffith); Russel Wright Sugar bowl, 1940s.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Toothbrush holder, 1970s; Hamburglar Juice Glass, 1980s; Macintosh computer monitor, 1987-1990; Candlestick telephone, 1920s; Cheese grater , 2007.

  • 'House & Home' At National Building Museum

    Ten men building a wood frame house, Omaha Reservation, Neb., 1877.

"House & Home" opens at the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW) on April 28, 2012, and runs until May 1, 2017.

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