The Ripley Years: Expansion, Restoration, and to Put It Politely, Still More Architectual Diversity

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Article focuses on the major building projects from the mid-1960's to the end of the 1970's that Secretary S. Dillon Ripley undertook at the Smithsonian Instiutuion. The article highlights Ripley's involvement with acquiring funding and support for the Hirshhorn Museum, the Festival of American Folklife, the National Air and Space Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the Arts and Industries Building, the National Museum of American Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) and the National Portrait Gallery, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the National Museum of African Art, and the S. Dillon Ripley International Center.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Renwick Gallery
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • S. Dillon Ripley International Center
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Festival of American Folklife


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The article focuses more on the building projects than Ripley himself.

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AIA Journal (Journal)

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


May 1981


  • Acquisitions
  • Architecture
  • Funding
  • Secretaries
  • Controversies
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Museums
  • SI Buildings
  • Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex
  • Museums--Acquisitions
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

Physical description

pp. 54-61

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