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Congress authorizes the use of the old Patent Office Building by the Smithsonian to house the National Collection of Fine Arts and the National Portrait Gallery.


  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 200.
  • Public Law 85-357, 72 U.S. Statutes at Large 68, 28 March 1958.

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


March 28, 1958


  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings

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