Elevation of the Smithsonian Institution Building's West Wing

ID: SIA2012-0412 and 92-9485 and 92-9482

Creator: Renwick, James 1818-1895

Form/Genre: Paper

Date: 1846

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Box 7, S11/Item 300

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  • These drawings, drafted by architect James Renwick, Jr., depict his Romanesque scheme for the Smithsonian Institution Building and highlights the proposed building's west wing. They were made in pencil on paper.
  • 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 be appointed architect for the design of the Smithsonian's first building.


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


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Part of a collection of 16 Renwick drawings which were acquired 8/21/1991. This drawing matches William Pierson's sheet 38 from the collection of original Renwick drawings. See "Renwick Drawings" binder for more information.
  • See Neg. #s SIA2012-0407, SIA2012-0408, SIA2012-0409, SIA2012-0410, and SIA2012-0411 for additional sketches by Renwick.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Box 7, S11/Item 300

Contact information

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



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


  • Paper
  • Drawing

ID Number

SIA2012-0412 and 92-9485 and 92-9482

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Color; Size: 12w x 3.75h; Type of Image: Architectural Drawing; Medium: Paper

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