Demolition of Air Building in South Yard

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The National Air and Space Museum building, also known as the Quonset Hut, in the South Yard of the Smithsonian Institution Building is demolished in preparation for the building of the Victorian Garden for the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration. The building was original built in 1917 as a temporary building for use by the United States Signal Service for housing aeroplanes and aviation applicances. In 1919 this building will be transfered to the Smithsonian to house the National Air Museum, now the National Air and Space Museum.


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


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30A, Folder 29.

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


December 1975 - January 1976


  • Museum buildings
  • Wrecking

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