Corcoran Gallery Is Seized by the U.S. Army

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The U.S. Army seizes the Corcoran Gallery of Art (today the Renwick Gallery) for use as a warehouse for storage of records and uniforms for the Quartermaster General (Montgomery Meigs) Corps. The building was designed by James Renwick, Jr. At the time it was seized, the exterior of the Gallery was virtually complete except for some decorative detail. The interior had not yet been floored or plastered.


  • Meigs, Montgomery C (Montgomery Cunningham) 1816-1892
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Renwick Gallery)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Box 69, Folder 1, "Historical Background"

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August 22, 1861


  • Architecture
  • Wartime Activities
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