Appropriations for Repairs to SI Building

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The United States Congress appropriates $15,000 for urgent and necessary repairs to central and western portions of the Smithsonian Institution Building. This is expended in removing the combustible material in the west range. The reconstruction needed to accomplish fireproofing is entrusted to the architects, Cluss and Schulze. On August 7, 1890, Congress will appropriate $25,000 to fireproof the chapel of the west wing, repair the roof of the main building and the ceiling and plastering of the main hall.


  • Cluss & Schulze
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building West Wing
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901, p. 981, 1278.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1888. Washington, D.C.: Governmet Printing Office, p. 17-18.

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


March 3, 1887


  • Architecture
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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