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Gates to the South Yard, by Unknown, 1849, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 78-6595 and MNH 2534-G.

February 5, 1847

The Board of Regents authorizes publication of Hints on Public Architecture by Regent Robert Dale Owen, a work chiefly descriptive of the Smithsonian Institution Building.More

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