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The Renwick Gallery opens to the public in the former Corcoran Gallery of Art Building next to Blair House, designed by James Renwick, Jr. The gallery is devoted to American creativity in crafts, design, and decorative arts and is a curatorial branch of the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Renwick Gallery


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1972, p. 15-16, 95
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"
  • Sept. 30, 1971, "Chronology of the Renwick Gallery," News from the Office of Public Affairs, Smithsonian Institution. SI-162-71.

Contact information

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


January 28, 1972


  • Design
  • Art
  • Buildings, Openings
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Crafts
  • History
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Art--History
  • Handicraft
  • Decorative arts

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