Board Passes Resolutions on SI Building

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The Board of Regents passes a resolution accepting the Norman plan and design of New York architect James Renwick, Jr., for the Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle). The Board also decides that the western range and western wing of the building are to be reserved for a gallery of art.


  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Rathbun, Richard. The National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1909, p. 50.
  • 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 from the Board of Regents, submitted to Congress, Of the operations, expenditures, and condition of the Smithsonian Institution. 29th Cong., 2nd Sess., March 3, 1847. S. Rept. 211, p. 28.

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January 28, 1847


  • Art
  • Architecture
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Art objects
  • Buildings
  • Museum exhibits

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