Joint Resolution To initiate preliminary studies for the restoration and renovation of the Pension Building in Washington, District of Columbia, to house a Museum of the Building Arts, and for other purposes

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  • The Congress finds and declares that the Federal Building in the District of Columbia, operated and managed by the General Services Administration and known as the Pension Building, is unique, historic, constitutes an architectural treasure belonging to the people of the United States and must be restored and properly utilized. The Pension Building would most appropriately be dedicated to the public use as the Nation's Museum of the Building Arts, benefiting this and future generations. The Administrator of General Services is authorized and directed to prepare an existing conditions study of the Pension Building, located in the block bounded by Fourth Street, Fifth Street, "F" Street, and "G" Street, Northwest, in the District of Columbia.
  • After consultation with the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, he shall prepare drawings, together with preliminary cost estimates, for the restoration and renovation of the Pension Building, in its entirety, to house the Museum of the Building Arts.


  • United States General Services Administration
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • Pension Building
  • National Building Museum (U.S.)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 92 Stat. 2544
  • Title 40, Public Buildings, Property, and Works
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


Issued as S. J. Res. 160

Contained within

92 Stat. 2544 (1978); Pub. L. No. 95-596 (Book)

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


  • 1980
  • 11/04/1978


  • Historic buildings
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Architecture
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Conservation and restoration
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


Washington (D.C.)


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 2544-45

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