East Wing of SIB Converted to Work Areas
Declining the privilege of living rent-free in the Smithsonian Building, Secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird converts the east wing into offices and workrooms. Also, the previous July, he had installed a system of electric bells and telephones throughout the building, as a time-saver for persons communicating among the various offices and workrooms.
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
December 15, 1878