Building Acquired for Air Collection

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The Smithsonian acquires the steel hangarlike building (quonset hut) on Independence Avenue at Tenth Street, S.W., which had been used by the United States Signal Service during World War I. It will be used to exhibit a collection of aircraft and accessories in production during the war period, and this collection later became the National Air and Space Museum.


  • National Air and Space Museum
  • South Yard
  • United States Signal Service


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 196
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1921, p. 25, 26-27

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


November 1919


  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture
  • Interagency Transfers
  • Buildings

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