Plans for South Quad Project Approved

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The National Capital Planning Commission approves conceptual plans for the South Quadrangle project. In approving this project, the NCPC "disagreed with a report by its staff which contended that the structure planned for MAA would not give the Museum sufficient prominence." The Committee suggested alternate locations near the National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of American Art, now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, but Museum of African Art director Warren Robbins reminded the Commission of his desire for the Museum to be on the National Mall.


  • Robbins, Warren M
  • Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • South Yard


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," February 1981, p. 1.

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January 8, 1981


  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Controversies
  • Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex
  • Building
  • Architectural design

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