President Approves Transfer of Old Court of Claims Building to SI

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President Lyndon Johnson approves the transfer of the Old Court of Claims Building (the original Corcoran Gallery of Art) by the General Services Administration to the Smithsonian Institution, for "a gallery of arts, crafts and design." The building will be used to house a new museum and art gallery, the Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The building was designed by architect James Renwick, who also designed the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle."


  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Court of Claims Building
  • United States President (1963-1969 : Johnson)
  • United States General Services Administration


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Box 69, Folder 1, "Smithsonian Institution, Justification for Supplemental Appropriation for Restoration and Renovation of Old Court of Claims Building."

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


June 23, 1965


  • Architecture
  • Restoration
  • Art museums
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Presidents
  • Museum exhibits
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


Washington (D.C.)

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