SIA RU000092, Smithsonian Institution, Prints and Drawings, 1840-

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  • The Archives contains lithographs, photographs, original architectural renderings, blueprints, plans, and survey maps of Smithsonian buildings, proposed buildings, monuments, and the Smithsonian grounds and Mall area. The original Smithsonian Institution Building is the best documented, from 1846 to the renovation in 1965, including original renderings by John Notman, Isaiah Rogers, and Owen G. Warren, 1846, James Renwick, Jr., 1846-1848, and Cluss and Schulze renovation plans, 1884-1887. Also included are blueprints and drawings related to the Mall from 1841, in particular, photostatic copies of Robert Mills' proposal for a National Institute building on the Mall, 1841, and the original survey of the Smithsonian grounds, 1847; floorplan of the National Institute in the old Patent Office Building, 1840; Arts and Industries renderings and blueprints, including proposed drawings by Cluss and Schulze, John L. Smithmeyer, and Hornblower and Marshall; an original floor plan of the Freer Gallery of Art by Charles A. Platt, 1913; the Astrophysical Observatory; the Barney Studio House; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; History and Technology Museum; copies of drawings for the proposed National Gallery of Art (never constructed) by Charles A. Platt, 1924; the Natural History Building, including reproductions of plans and renderings by Hornblower and Marshall, 1901-1910; the National Zoological Park; photographs of the old Patent Office Building, and blueprints regarding the renovation of the building, 1962 (now called the American Art and Portrait Gallery Building).
  • In addition there are original renderings of the proposed Smithsonian Gallery of Art, 1939 (never constructed), by Eero Saarinen, Percival Goodman, Philip Lippincott Goodwin, Harry F. Manning, James A. Mitchell, G. Holmes Perkins, and Peter and Stubbins; copies of sketches for the proposed George Washington Memorial by Tracy and Swartwout (never constructed); competition drawings for a proposed Smithson Memorial, 1904-1905, by Totten and Rogers, and Hornblower and Marshall, including two Henry Bacon drawings, 1904; and Smithson crypt gate competition design drawings by Thomas G. Bredlow, J. Richard Cronin, Frank Turley, L. Brent Kington, Samuel Yellin Metalworkers, and Albert Paley, 1975.


  • Bacon, Henry 1839-1912
  • Goodwin, Philip Lippincott 1885-1958
  • Manning, Harry F
  • Mitchell, James A
  • Perkins, G. Holmes (George Holmes)
  • Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams) 1861-1933
  • Rogers, Isaiah 1800-1869
  • Smithmeyer, John L. -1908
  • Warren, Owen G
  • Bredlow, Thomas G
  • Cronin, J. Richard
  • Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent) 1934-2013
  • Turley, Frank
  • Paley, Albert
  • Goodman, Percival
  • Notman, John 1810-1865
  • Mills, Robert 1781-1855
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Cluss, Adolph 1825-1905
  • Saarinen, Eero 1910-1961
  • Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Cluss & Schulze
  • George Washington Memorial
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • History and Technology Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Hornblower & Marshall
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)
  • National Institute
  • Natural History Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Patent Office Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Peter and Stubbins
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Tracy and Swartwout
  • Smithson Memorial
  • Totten and Rogers
  • Samuel Yellin Metalworkers
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Barney Studio House (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


  • (1) Inventory of drawings of the Smithsonian Institution Building, Arts and Industries Building, and partial inventory of drawings of the Natural History Building prepared by the Curator of the Smithsonian Institution Building.
  • For a further history of the creating unit, refer to the highlighted link "Forms Part of" above.


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Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1840
  • 1840-


  • Lithography
  • Portraits
  • Smithsonian buildings
  • Prints--Lithography


Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)


  • Architectural drawings
  • Collection descriptions
  • Maps
  • Photographs

Local number

SIA RU000092

Physical description

81.56 cu. ft. (65 map case drawers) (6.10 non-standard size boxes)

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