Groundbreaking for Freer Gallery

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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.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • 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

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


September 23, 1916


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

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