Concept Drawing of Exterior for National Air & Space Museum

ID: SIA2017-018129

Creator: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

Form/Genre: Architectural drawings

Date: 1972

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 07-010, Box 3, Folder: 7

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Summary

Drawing of the exterior the new National Air and Space Museum is of the north facade of the Mall front of the building as viewed from Jefferson Drive.

Subject

National Air and Space Museum

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: 7

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

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Architectural drawings
  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2017-018129

Physical description

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

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