Appropriation for Patent Office Building Renovation

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During FY 1964, the United States Congress appropriates $5,465,000 for the renovation of the Old Patent Office Building to convert it to Smithsonian Institution use. It will house the National Collection of Fine Arts and National Portrait Gallery.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Public Law 88-79, 77 U.S. Statutes at Large 96, 1963.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1964. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1965, p. 191.

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




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

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