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Article discusses the architectural style of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Designed by the architectural firm of Hornblower and Marshall, the museum was constructed during the 1904-1911 period in the "Beaux-Arts" style, referring to a design process based on flow and balance taught by a Parisian design school established in 1819. According to the author, the building is termed "Beaux-Arts," but the design was actually subdued to correspond with American tastes.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Hornblower & Marshall


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Article includes 3 sketches of various plans for the National Museum of Natural History.

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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,


Spring 1995


  • Design
  • Museum buildings
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Architectural firms
  • Architecture--Design and plans


Washington (D.C.)

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pgs. 4 & 5

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