Smithsonian Institution Building, circa 1848

ID: SIA RU000092 [S11/I291]

Creator: Renwick, James 1818-1895

Form/Genre: Architectural drawings

Date: 1848

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Image No. S11/I291

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Perspective of North East Tower of the Main Block of the Romanesque Scheme. This drawing was drafted by the architect James Renwick Jr. and depicts his Romanesque scheme of the Smithsonian Institution Building. This drawing was reproduced by wood engraving and was used for plate nine in Robert Dale Owen's "Hintson Public Architecture," published in 1846 as a description of the building's plans and architectural style. James Renwick, Jr. began his design with a Gothic castle and eventually reworked it into a Romanesque castle. This later design won the competition in 1846.


Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


  • Part of a collection of 16 drawings acquired 8/21/1991. Matches William Pierson's Sheet 29.
  • Graphite Pencil on Opaque Paper
  • Planning/Facade
  • Conceptual/Architectural/Sketch

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Image No. S11/I291

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  • 1848
  • circa 1848

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Architectural drawings

Local number

SIA RU000092 [S11/I291]

Physical description

17 x 16, Exterior Elevation, SIA2012-0409.tif; 92-9480

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