East Wing of Smithsonian Building to Become Henry Residence

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Date: March 12, 1853


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Board of Regents passes a resolution approving alterations to the East Wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle" to convert it into a residence for Secretary Joseph Henry and his family. Originally the East Wing had contained a lecture room.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Building East Wing
  • Arts and Industries Building Lecture Hall


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Photograph of Henry Family residence in East Wing of Castle in 1862 is by Titian Ramsey Peale.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 835
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1882, p. 4
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1853, p. 70-71

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


March 12, 1853


  • Architecture
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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