Sheds Constructed Along South Side of SIB

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Two low sheds are built along the south side of and close to the Smithsonian Institution Building, one on each side of the south tower and extending nearly the entire length of each facade. The east shed is used for living animals, until they are removed to the National Zoological Park, and the west shed is cut up into 7 workshops and storage compartments. Both sheds are used for preparations for the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. They will be removed in 1898, with a special Congressional appropriation of $2,500 for the purpose. The material derived from them is used partly in building a shed at the Ninth Street annex, and partly in the erection of the South Shed on the Mall.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Rathbun, Richard. The United States National Museum: An Account of the Buildings Occupied by the National Collections. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905. Reprinted from the Report of the U.S. National Museum for 1903, p. 261.

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  • Expenditures, Public
  • Wrecking
  • Buildings

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