Platt's Freer Plans Are Approved

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Charles Adams Platt's plans for the Freer Gallery of Art are approved by the Smithsonian Board of Regents and by the Commission of Fine Arts. Platt designed a building reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palace with a central courtyard to house Charles Lang Freer's collection of Asian and Impressionist art. Ground is broken in September.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams) 1861-1933
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Commission of Fine Arts
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Board of Regents


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September, 1916


  • Art
  • Site Plan
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Groundbreaking
  • New Museums
  • Grounds
  • Art, Asian
  • Buildings
  • Building

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