Office Construction Begins at Freer

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Construction of new work spaces for the 49 employees of the Freer Gallery of Art begins. The Office of Plant Services, using drawings by Planner-Estimator John Baines, performs the construction. New offices for curators and two new reception areas are created, and heating and air conditioning ducts are installed. The work lasts four months.


  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Office of Plant Services (OPlantS)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Bliss, Susan. "Freer: Calm is Restored After Office Construction." The Smithsonian Torch (July 1980): 3.

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January 1980


  • Air conditioning
  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Construction workers
  • Drawings
  • Museum buildings
  • Heating
  • Personnel management
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Offices
  • Architectural drawing
  • Museums--Employees
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


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