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After two months of debate, President James K. Polk and other officials agree to give the Smithsonian Institution a site on the south side of the National Mall between 9th and 12th streets for construction of the Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle.


  • Polk, James K (James Knox) 1795-1849
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States President (1845-1849 : Polk)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution, Report of the Board of Regents to Congress, March 3rd 1847. Accession 09-007, Box 6, Folder "Smithsonian Institution Building Competition 1846."

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


January 20, 1847


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Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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