Air & Space in the Southwest: The Debate Over a Tenth Street Mall

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Discusses details surrounding the siting of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Early 1950's efforts to select a site to build the Air and Space Museum were not resolved until the latter part of 1958 due to plans a real estate developer had to utilize the first-choice site as a mall on 10th Street, running from Independence Avenue to the Potomac River.


  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • National Air and Space Museum


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Article includes map showing proposed Air Museum site and present site of NASM

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Smithsonian Preservation Quarterly (Newsletter)

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


Winter 1995


  • Museum buildings
  • Secretaries


Washington (D.C.)

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pgs. 6 & 7

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