Funding to Fireproof the East Wing of SIB

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Summary

United States Congress appropriates $50,000 for the fireproof reconstruction of the eastern portion of the Smithsonian Institution Building. Secretary Spencer F. Baird had plans for the renovation prepared by the architects Cluss & Schulze before the request was made to Congress. On July 7, 1884, an additional $15,000 is appropriated for completion and furniture.

Subject

  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Cluss & Schulze
  • Smithsonian Institution Building East Wing
  • United States Congress

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • The Annual Report for 1883 does not clearly state that Cluss and Schultz were consulted before the appropriation was made, but that the preparation of plans, details of construction, and architectural requirements were placed in their charge.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 839.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1883. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1885, p. 4-5.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1884. Washingotn, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1885, p. xxi.
  • 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. 893, 932.

Contact information

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

Date

March 3, 1883

Topic

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

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