The East and West Court Projects

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Summary

Discusses past uses and plans for future utilization of the east and west courtyard spaces of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. The author states that the large interior courtyards were originally designed to provide light and ventilation; however, installation of central air and heat, along with changing views on exhibition lighting, altered the original purpose of the courtyards. Plans include construction of infill buildings for each courtyard: one with a child care center for the east courtyard, and one housing a Discovery Center for the west.

Subject

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

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Article includes an architectural sketch of NMNH's ground floor.

Contained within

Smithsonian Preservation Quarterly (Newsletter)

Contact information

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

Date

Spring 1995

Topic

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

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Physical description

pgs. 7 & 8

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