Rotunda of A&I Building Painted

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The original decorative scheme for the National Museum Building (A&I), designed by Adolf Cluss, is replaced by a new design by Grace Lincoln Temple, the designer of the Children's Room decor. In 1902 the main halls and the courts are painted light red to a height of 15 feet, then deep ivory above, with light ivory on the ceiling. The rotunda is painted olive at the base of the walls, and ivory above. The stenciling of the rotunda is not begun until the roof of the building is made more secure. The painting was completed in 1904.


  • Arts and Industries Building)
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Rathbun, Richard. The United States National Museum: An Account of the Buildings Occupied by the National Collections, Washington, D.C., 1905. Reprinted from the Report of the U.S. National Museum for 1903, pp. 177-309, p. 255-56.
  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1904, p. 23-24.

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August, 1902


  • Interior architecture
  • Architecture
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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