Creating a Model for the National Mall: The Design of the National Museum of Natural History

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Creator: Tilman, Jeffrey T

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Date: March 2004

Citation: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 63, No. 1 (Journal)

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Summary

Argues that the design of the National Museum of Natural History in the first years of the twentieth century reveals divisions among architects and planners as to what was the appropriate style for buildings of national significance. They trace the evolution of the design from an ornate French influence in Hornblower and Marshall's first drawings to a more classical and simple Roman design prepared by Daniel Burnham and Charles McKim.

Subject

  • McKim, Charles Follen
  • Burnham, Daniel Hudson 1846-1912
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Hornblower & Marshall
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Park Improvement Commission of the District of Columbia

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Smithsonian History Bibliography

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Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 63, No. 1 (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

March 2004

Topic

  • Design
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
  • Architects
  • Museum architecture
  • Development of
  • Architecture, Roman
  • Architecture--Design and plans
  • Architectural firms
  • Architectural design

Place

  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Mall

Physical description

Number of pages: 22; Page numbers: 52-73

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