Architectural Contest for a Gallery of Art

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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.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


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

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