A Descriptive Account of the Building Recently Erected for the Departments of Natural History of the United States National Museum

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Summary

Introduction covers the history of the United States National Museum and the need for construction of another building to house the National Collections. Discusses the construction of every facet of the building in detail, specifying the materials used and giving detailed measurements. There is an extensive section on windows, doors, stairs, elevators, lavatories, tunnels, mechanical equipment, electrical equipment (including lights and outlets), ventilation, and water connections and the sewage system. Work continues with explanation of what each part of the building was to contain, including analysis of the shops and laboratories, and the number and types of shelves and cabinets. There is a description of each of the stories of the building, including the attic, and interior measurements of the building (including square feet of available floor space).

Author

Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918

Subject

  • United States National Museum
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Patent Office
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Armory Building
  • Natural History Building

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Includes photographs of the Natural History Building (exterior, interior, offices and exhibits), all found in the Collection of the Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 79. Also includes floorplans, drawings, and a comprehensive index.

Contained within

Bulletin of the United States National Museum, no. 80 (Book)

Contact information

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

Date

1913

Topic

  • SI, Early History
  • Vertebrates, Fossil
  • Mammals
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Building
  • Museums
  • Architecture
  • Offices
  • Art Hall
  • Buildings
  • National Collections
  • Carpenter Shop
  • Design
  • Picture Gallery
  • Exhibitions
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Architectural design
  • Photographs
  • Facilities
  • Museum exhibits

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