James Smithson Crypt, Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle

ID: SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B31_F26_005]

Creator: Smithsonian Institution

Form/Genre: Color transparencies

Date: 1974

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31, Folder 26, Image No. SIA_000095_B31_F26_005

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Summary

Interior view, crypt containing the body of founder James Smithson at the North Tower entrance of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle, after renovation of the crypt room in 1973-1974.

Subject

  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Notes

Smithson's remains were brought to the United States by Smithsonian Regent Alexander Graham Bell in 1904, when the Protestant Cemetery in Genoa, Italy, where Smithson was buried, was to be moved. Many plans were made for an elaborate memorial to the Institution's benefactor, but the lack of an appropriation dictated a more modest course. Smithson's marker from the Italian gravesite was incorporated into the room, and a gate was fashioned from pieces of the fence that had surrounded the site. Architects Hornblower and Marshall redesigned the room to give it a more somber classical feeling, replacing the ceiling, windows, and the floor.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31, Folder 26, Image No. SIA_000095_B31_F26_005

Repository Loc.

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

Date

  • 1974
  • June 1974

Restrictions & Rights

  • No access restrictions. Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
  • No Known Copyright

Topic

Crypts

Form/Genre

Color transparencies

Local number

SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B31_F26_005]

Physical description

Color slides; 35mm;

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