Bunshaft Selected as HMSG Architect

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Gordon Bunshaft is selected as the architect for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden jointly by the Smithsonian Institution and Joseph H. Hirshhorn. Bunshaft, a partner in the New York firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP, designed the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Library (University of Texas at Austin) and the Beinecke Rare Book Library (Yale University). He produces a round modern design for the new museum located to the east of the Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


  • Hirshhorn, Joseph H
  • Bunshaft, Gordon 1909-1990
  • Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, LLP
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," January-February 1967, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1967. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1967, p. 378.

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  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • New Museums
  • Art, Modern

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