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The Court of Claims Building is turned over to the Smithsonian Institution for renovation into the Renwick Gallery of Art, after an appropriation is approved for renovation costs (P.L. 89-435). The building was designed by architect James Renwick, Jr., who also designed the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle," and it served as the first Corcoran Gallery of Art and later as the Court of Claims. The building is formally transferred to the Smithsonian by General Services Administration Regional Director L. E. Nunnally on July 20, 1966.


  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Nunnally, L. E
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Court of Claims Building)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • United States General Services Administration


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1966. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966, p. 282.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 201.

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


May 31, 1966


  • Law
  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • New Museums
  • Legislation
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


Washington (D.C.)

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