Have you ever walked into a room and could sense what had happened there previously? Like the whisper of last night’s symphony in a concert hall, this corner of the Sail Loft holds the remembrances of daily individual practice sessions as well as echoes of the U.S. Navy Band, which rehearses at the other end of the hall.
The Sail Loft, originally constructed for the laying-out and sewing together of sails for Navy ships, is located on the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C. The U.S. Capitol can be seen from this window, albeit farther away than I have depicted. Artist Howard Chandler Christy used this room to paint his famous picture “Signing of the Constitution” (1940) since the large north-facing windows provided good light and the space was big enough to accommodate his 18’ x 26’ canvas.