Downward View of Concept Model for National Air Museum

ID: SIA2017-018105

Creator: McKim, Mead & White

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1955

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 07-010, Box 3, Folder: 6

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Aerial view of the exterior of a model called the "Wineglass Design", submitted by McKim, Mead & White, Architects, for the new National Air Museum (now known as the National Air and Space Museum) shows the west end for the proposed building and with model airplanes in various locations. This design was not chosen.


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


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • In 1958, President Eisenhower authorized 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 SW, Independence Avenue, and Jefferson Drive. The 1964 design by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK) for "a Museum for the Space Age" was selected. However, their 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.
  • Preliminary design for a National Air Museum on a proposed site in the Washington, D.C. Southwest Redevelopment area bounded by Independence Avenue, 9th Street,12th Street, and C Street, Southwest. That area is a part of what is now known as L'Enfant Plaza.
  • For the 1972 final design by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK), see Neg. SIA2017-018111 through 018119, SIA2017-018122 through SIA2017-018134, and 94-2479. See also Neg. SIA2017-018095 through SIA2017-018101 for initial design by HOK. For other designs for a proposed new National Air Museum see: United States, Public Building Administration 1949; McKim, Mead & White 1955; Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson 1962; and HOK's preliminary design of 1964.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 07-010, Box 3, Folder: 6

Contact information

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


c. 1955

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  • Museum buildings
  • Design
  • Airplanes
  • Architecture
  • Models (representations)
  • Aeronautics
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Models
  • Aeronautical museums
  • Architecture--Design and plans


Washington (D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior
  • Model

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Model, Exterior; Medium: Photographic Print

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