Ceiling of the Children's Room, Smithsonian Institution Building, South Tower

ID: 2002-12159

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1901

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 41 Folder 8

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Ceiling of the Children's Room in the South Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building, c. 1901. The ceiling was designed by Grace Lincoln Temple, one of the first women interior designers to work in the area of public buildings, and features a naturalistic leaf-covered trellis with birds peering down onto the visitors. The room was conceived by Secretary Samuel P. Langley in order to inspire children in the study of the natural world.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Children's Room
  • Smithsonian Institution Building South Towers


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Original negative number is 13393, but that negative has been lost. For more information see: The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building by Field, Stamm, and Ewing, p. 126-130.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 41 Folder 8

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  • Women
  • Temple, Grace Lincoln
  • Ceilings
  • Exhibitions
  • Children


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

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

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