American Louvre: a history of the Renwick Gallery building

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Volume covers the original Corcoran Gallery of Art, designed by James Renwick for William W. Corcoran; the design of the new gallery; impact of the Civil War; role of General Montgomery C. Meigs; reclaiming the gallery after the war, opening the gallery; the later years; use of building by the U.S. Court of Claims; efforts to save and restore the building; and the gallery today.


  • Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888
  • Meigs, Montgomery C (Montgomery Cunningham) 1816-1892
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Court of Claims Building
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art Early History
  • United States Court of Claims


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


  • 2015
  • Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Conservation and renovation
  • History
  • Building--Conservation and renovation


  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)

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Number of pages: 107; Page numbers: 1-107

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