Concept Drawing of Exterior for National Air Museum

ID: SIA2017-018114

Creator: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1972

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

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Summary

The original design was revised and this final design is a drawing of an exterior view for the new National Air Museum (now known as the National Air and Space Museum), designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK). The drawing is of the outside facade of the museum on the Mall side and shows people on the walkway and the United States Capitol in the distance.

Author

Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

Subject

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

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • 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.
  • HOK were the architects selected. However their original design was revised and this became the final design.
  • For the 1972 final design by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK), see Neg. SIA2017-018111 through 018119, SIA2017-018122 through SIA2017-018134, and 94-2479. 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.

Contained within

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, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1972

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Architects
  • Aeronautics
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Drawings
  • Architecture--Design and plans
  • Aeronautical museums
  • Architectural firms
  • Architectural drawing
  • Architectural design

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Architectural drawings
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2017-018114

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Architectural drawing; Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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