Proposed Wings for NHB, 1931

ID: 95-1176

Creator: Allied Architects of Washington, D.C

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1931

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 33, Folder 17

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact
Download IIIF Manifest Request permissions Download image Print

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


"Additions to the Natural History Building, United States National Museum, Washington D.C.," December 1931. Exterior north elevation, designed by The Allied Architects of Washington D.C. These wings, authorized in the Smoot-Elliott bill (approved June 19, 1930), were never built. By Fiscal Year 1933 when the first appropriation of $1,200,000 to begin construction was proposed, budget restrictions forced the shelving of the project. "Owing to the financial situation that arose and the necessary restrictions that this imposed in the National Budget, it was not practicable to include this item in the estimates finally submitted to Congress, nor was there later opportunity to consider it favorably." (USNM Annual Report 1932, pp. 4-5).


  • Allied Architects of Washington, D.C
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Catalogued by Monica Vondrasek in the Drawings collection database (Control # S04/I580). Discussed in USNM Annual Report of 1931, p.7 and 1932, pp.4-5.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 33, Folder 17

Contact information

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



Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Museum buildings
  • Drawings and plans
  • Architecture
  • Natural History Building
  • Proposal for Wings
  • Natural History Building--Proposal for Wings
  • Architecture--Drawings and plans


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior
  • Architectural drawings

ID Number


Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 14w x 5.5h; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print

Full Record

View Full Record