Temporary Structures Built for U.S. National Museum

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Summary

  • The same year the south shed, a two-story frame building, will be built south of the south tower of the SI building. Clearing of the grounds was made possible by renting of outside buildings. As of 1903, the only structures on the Mall near the SI & Museum buildings are the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the South Shed, and natural history lab and stable, as well as the frame shed on Armory Square.
  • Several temporary structures are being used to house the collections and staff of the U.S. National Museum. In 1882, a shed is built west of the Armory Building, to be partly used for the collections from the permanent exhibition building in Philadelphia. A second shed will subsequently be added for use of the National Museum. In 1884 a building will be built east of the Museum building for storage of material brought back from exhibitions; it will be demolished in 1887. In 1887, two low sheds will be built on the south side of the Smithsonian Institution Building mainly for work on exhibitions for the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago. Their demolition will occur in 1898.

Subject

  • Armory Building
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • South Shed
  • United States National Museum
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1903. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, p. 260-62.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1884. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, p. 9-10.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1880s

Topic

  • Facilities and Grounds
  • Exhibitions
  • Astronomy
  • Buildings
  • Astrophysics
  • Buildings, Demolitions

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