Arts and Industries Building Program Planning Committee, April 13, 2009

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  • In effort to restore and reopen the Arts and Industries Building, G. Wayne Clough, twelfth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, announced the formation of the Arts and Industries Building Program Planning Committee on April 13, 2009. The Committee was formed to generate an appropriate mission and function for the A&I Building and recommend program plans by June 2009. The committee is chaired by David K. Allison of the National Museum of American History.
  • The A&I Building opened in 1881 as the United States National Museum. The first building built to be the National Museum of the United States. However, as collections grew A&I became a general purpose building, housing various Smithsonian offices. In January 2004, A&I was closed and vacated due to safety concerns.
  • Using some of the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Institution plans to restore this National Historic Landmark "to help the public understand how the Smithsonian evolved and where it is going in the future."


  • Clough, G. Wayne
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum
  • National Historic Landmarks
  • Arts and Industries Building Program Committee Subordinate Unit


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SI Email Announcements, April 13, 2009, "Arts and Industries Building Program Planning Committee," by G. Wayne Clough, Secretary

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April 13, 2009


  • Historic buildings
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Funding
  • Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration

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