Architectural Contest for a Gallery of Art

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Summary

The team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Robert Swanson win the competition for the design of a Smithsonian Gallery of Art. However, their plans for a modern new gallery are rejected by the Commission of Fine Arts.

Subject

  • United States Commission of Fine Arts
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Kloss, William, Treasures from the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 12

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1939

Topic

  • Design
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Architecture--Design and plans
  • Art objects

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