"The National Air and Space Museum," 1964. Prospectus with sketches

ID: SIA2017-019061 through SIA2017-019068

Creator: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1964

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 306, Box 12, Folder: 9

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Booklet of the 1964 proposed design of the National Air and Space Museum by HOK. The booklet includes sketches and images of models of the proposed design and text describing basic information about the proposed design, all those involved in the project, and a time line of the project.


  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)


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  • In 1958 President Eisenhower authorizes the preparation of plans for the construction of a building for a National Air Museum to be located on a site bounded by Fourth and Seventh Streets, S.W., Independence Avenue, and Jefferson Drive. A 1964 design by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum for "a Museum for the Space Age" was selected. However, this initial design was later modified. In July 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a bill authorizing construction of a new building for the newly-renamed National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Congressional passage of appropriations for the construction of the new museum occurred in 1971. The final design was approved in 1972 and construction began in November of 1972. The museum opened July 1, 1976.
  • HOK were the architects selected. However their original design was revised and this became the final design.
  • For the 1972 final design see Neg. SIA2017-018112 through 018119, SIA2017-018122, and 94-2479. For other designs for a proposed new National Air Museum, search Aeronautical Museums for the years 1949, 1955, 1962, and HOK's preliminary design of 1964.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 306, Box 12, Folder: 9

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SIA2017-019061 through SIA2017-019068

Physical description

Number of Images: 8; Color: Black and White Size: 11w x 4.25h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Document

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