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United States Congress appropriates $250,000 for a 300 square foot fireproof building to be built for the use of the United States National Museum. It is to be built on the southeastern portion of the grounds of the Smithsonian, under the direction and supervision of the Board of Regents. The structure, in high Victorian style, is designed by Washington architects Cluss and Schulze and will be built of red brick and Ohio sandstone.


  • Cluss, Adolph 1825-1905
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Board of Regents.)
  • Cluss & Schulze
  • United States National Museum
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, pp. 329, 839.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, pp. 189-90.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1879, pp. 121-122.
  • 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. 778.

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


March 3, 1879


  • Architecture
  • Grounds
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Buildings
  • Building

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