Construction of Shed Adjoining the Armory

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A shed is built to the west of the Armory Building, part of which is used to shelter the Fish Commission cars, and the remainder is used to store collections received from the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Subsequently, a second shed is added for the purposes of the United States National Museum, but by 1903, only one of the sheds remains and is utilized by the Museum.


  • Armory Building
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States National Museum
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1883. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1885, p. 165-166.
  • Rathbun, Richard. The United States National Museum: An Account of the Buildings Occupied by the National Collections. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905, p. 260.

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