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Article describes the design and development of the Smithsonian Quadrangle, a many-sided museum and education complex to be constructed partly underground in close proximity to existing Smithsonian structures on the Mall in Washington, DC. Secretary S. Dillon Ripley conceived the idea for the Quadrangle, and Jean-Paul Carlhian completed the architectural plan. A new park will sit atop a complex to include an International Center, Smithsonian Associates and Traveling Exhibition Service spaces, the Museum of African Art, and the new Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which the author views as a great complement to the existing Freer Gallery of Art. The creation of those three Smithsonian museums is also discussed.


  • Carlhian, Jean-Paul
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Robbins, Warren M
  • Sackler, Arthur M
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • S. Dillon Ripley International Center
  • Freer Gallery of Art


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Article contains a fold-out cross section sketch of the Quadrangle area, and 8 photographs.

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Smithsonian Vol. 13, No. 11 (Journal)

Contact information

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


February 1983


  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture
  • Secretaries
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex


  • Enid A. Haupt Garden (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

Physical description

pgs. 77-89

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