New Fan Window above Castle South Doors

ID: 2004-10340 or 84-17859-17A

Creator: Nielsen, Kim

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1984

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder January 1985

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This 5-foot-wide fan window, installed above the newly rebuilt Smithsonian Institution Building south doors facing the Quadrangle project, is a replacement for the original that was removed in 1901. In order to allow more light into the Children's Room, the ornate fan window previously in that spot had been knocked out in order to put in a large plate-glass window. $60,000 donated by Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and drawings by John Blake Murphy, Office of Design and Construction, made the installation possible.


  • Murphy, John Blake
  • Office of Design and Construction
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Children's Room


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Featured in TORCH, January 1985
  • The original negative number is 84-17859-17A, but because of the quailty of the original negative, the original photograph was re-scanned and given new negative and digital file numbers.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder January 1985

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



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  • Patterson, Mrs. Jefferson
  • Construction and restoration
  • Architecture
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Renovations
  • Facilities


  • Photographic print
  • Architecture

ID Number

2004-10340 or 84-17859-17A

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print

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