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  • The loggias, or open galleries, overlooking the Italianate courtyard at the Freer opened to the public for the first time on June 11. Two bronze sculptures by American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) each featuring three seated allegorical figures, were placed on view in the east loggia. Four newly installed furniture groupings, each composed of two chairs and a settee, enable visitors to enjoy views of the courtyard.
  • The Freer courtyard has never been accessible though the loggias because of environmental concerns about the artworks in the gallery, according to Freer/Sackler Director Milo Beach. In celebration of the Freer's 75th anniversary, a project aimed at opening the loggias to the public, made possible by a generous grant from the Philip L. Graham Fund, was undertaken. New doors at the south entrance to the loggias were installed, enabling easy access while minimizing environmentally critical air exchange between the interior and exterior spaces.


  • Saint-Gaudens, Augustus 1848-1907
  • Beach, Milo Cleveland
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Philip L. Graham Fund


Chronology of Smithsonian History


The Smithsonian "Torch," No. 2000-08, August 2000, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession: 05-298

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June 11, 2000


  • Museum buildings
  • Anniversaries
  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Balconies
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Statues
  • Museum architecture
  • Renovations
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


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