Elevation of the Smithsonian Institution Building's North Fac̦ade

ID: SIA2012-1142

Creator: Renwick, James 1818-1895

Form/Genre: Paper

Date: 1846

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Item 287

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Summary

  • This drawing depicts the central pavilion of the north fac̦ade of the Smithsonian Institution Building. It is done in pencil on paper by architect James Renwick, Jr., as a developmental study in which he appears to be working out relationships between different architectural elements of the Smithsonian Institution Building. In this Gothic scheme design, the building's north towers are symmetrical and stand on either side of the north entrance.
  • James Renwick, Jr., began his design of the Smithsonian Institution Building with a Gothic castle and eventually reworked it into a Romanesque castle. This later scheme won him the competition in 1846 to appoint an architect for the design of the Smithsonian's first building.

Subject

  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Competition

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Item 287

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1846

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Topic

  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Architecture, Romanesque
  • Drawings
  • Buildings
  • Architectural drawing
  • Architecture, Gothic
  • Architecture--Design and plans
  • Architectural design

Form/Genre

  • Paper
  • Drawing

ID Number

SIA2012-1142

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Color ; Size: 13.7w x 9.5h ; Type of Image: Architectural Drawing ; Medium: Paper

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