Patent Office Building Construction Begins

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The construction of the Patent Office Building begins under the supervision of Robert Mills, following the Greek Revival design of William Parker Elliot. The top floor of the building is designed like a gallery to display various objects of artistic or historical interest. This building is now the American Art and Portrait Galleries.


  • Elliot, Wm. P (William Parker) 1807-1854
  • Mills, Robert 1781-1855
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Building (FA&PG)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Taylor, Joshua C. National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978., p. 9.

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  • Greek revival (Architecture)
  • Museum buildings
  • Art
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Art--History
  • Art objects
  • Buildings
  • Building


  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)

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