Contract Awarded for Construction of Smithsonian Institution Building

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Summary

The contract for construction of the Smithsonian Institution Building is awarded to James Dixon and Gilbert Cameron by the Smithsonian Board of Regents.The committee arranges a contract so that the wings of the building will be completed in two years, the whole building finished in five. This allows for parts of the building to be occupied in the near future while the rest is completed without cutting corners. It also benefits the construction plan by allowing time for the Smithsonian's budget to accrue greater interest.

Subject

  • Cameron, Gilbert
  • Dixon, James
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Board of Regents

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 834.
  • Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, showing The operations, expenditures, and condition of the Institution. 30th Cong., 1st Sess., January 6, 1848. S. Rept. 23, p. 57-62.

Contact information

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

Date

March 19, 1847

Topic

  • Architecture
  • Contractors
  • Contracts
  • Letting of contracts
  • Building

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