Smithsonian Building Damaged by Storm

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Summary

The severe storms of the summer of 1878 damage the Smithsonian Institution Building, necessitating considerable expense in repairs. The finial on the west tower was blown off and a large number of slates were torn away during the storms. The occasion was taken to give the gutters, spouts, and lightning-rods a thorough overhaul.

Subject

Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1878, p. 12

Contact information

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

Date

1878

Topic

  • Buildings
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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