National Gallery of Art to Remove and Reinstall East Building Facade Veneer through 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The planned removal and reinstallation of the marble veneer of the 33-year-old East Building of the The National Gallery of Art will begin in early March 2011; the project is expected to be completed by spring 2014. While the East Building will remain open to the public during the entire period, the project will necessitate the following developments: · The north parking lane of Madison Drive between 3rd and 4thStreets NW will be closed to all vehicles, effective immediately. · The sidewalks along Madison Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 4th Streets will be closed to all pedestrians, effective immediately. The sidewalks along 3rd and 4th Streets between Pennsylvania Avenue and Madison Drive will remain open. · Some of the Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) and willow oak (Quercus phellos) trees on the east and south sides of the East Building are being moved to an off-site nursery for the duration