Construction of Freer Gallery of Art, 1917

ID: 29403 or AI-29403

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1917

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 10

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Laying of the foundation for the new Freer Gallery of Art, March 6, 1917. Visible in the background is the brick shed of 1875 called the Laboratory of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution Building, and the Arts and Industries Building. The shed was demolished during the course of construction work. The Freer building was designed by architect Charles A. Platt


  • Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams) 1861-1933
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Laboratory of Natural History
  • United States National Museum


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 10

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29403 or AI-29403

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Color: Black and White; Size: 14w x 11h; 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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