Groundbreaking for Freer Gallery

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Summary

Acting Secretary Richard Rathbun gives a brief address and turns the first spadeful of earth to start the construction of the Freer Gallery of Art.

Subject

  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Freer Gallery of Art

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Because of construction delays connected with the county's being at war, it will not be finished for five years.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1917, p. 122
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 195
  • "Local Notes," 8/26/1916, p. 1

Contact information

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

Date

September 23, 1916

Topic

  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Art
  • History
  • Art, Oriental
  • Acting Secretaries
  • Groundbreaking
  • Buildings
  • Art--History

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