Exterior of Renwick Gallery (19th c.)

ID: SIA2011-1138 or SIA2008-2350 or 95-1169

Creator: Jarvis, J. F

Form/Genre: Architecture

Date: c. 1880's

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 24

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Stereoscopic view of the exterior of the original Corcoran Gallery of Art designed by architect, James Renwick, Jr., and erected between 1859 and 1861 for William Wilson Corcoran's collection of paintings and sculpture. Statues by Moses Ezekiel are visible in niches along the south facade. The statues were installed in 1884, but were sold off the building in 1901. An awning covers one of the first story windows.


  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Ezekiel, Moses Jacob 1844-1917
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Original in SIA. Currently copy neg being made at SIA (January 1995).
  • In 1972, with the acquisition of the building by the Smithsonian Institution, the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum, gained additional gallery space and the building was renamed the Renwick Gallery of Art.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 24

Contact information

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


c. 1880's

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  • Museum buildings
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Statues
  • SI Buildings


  • District of Columbia
  • Southwest
  • Renwick Gallery
  • United States of America
  • Washington


  • Architecture
  • Stereoscopic view
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2011-1138 or SIA2008-2350 or 95-1169

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 7w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Architectural; Exterior; Medium: Stereoscopic view

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