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Date

Spring 5-1978

Description

The original home of the Smithsonian Institute was built by architect James Renwick, Jr. The Romanesque style building, referred to as the “Castle”, is located on the National Mall in Washington and was commissioned in 1846. The structure was built with red sandstone from Seneca, Maryland. Although the Smithsonian continues to occupy the Renwick building, the Institute has grown to 19 museums, 9 research facilities, and the National Zoo. The Smithsonian is currently the largest museum and research complex in the world. The Smithsonian Institute was established by a trust from James Smithson, a British scientist, for the “increase and diffusion of knowledge” through an institution in Washington D.C.

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http://www.si.edu/About/History

http://siarchives.si.edu/history/main_generalhistory.html

http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/documents/renwickdrawing.htm

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Creator 2 Role

Architect

Building Type

Museum

Subject Headings

Architecture -- Washington D.C.; Architecture -- Museum architecture;

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

District of Columbia

City Name

Washington, D.C

Keywords

Smithsonian; Washington D.C.; National Mall; museum; architecture;

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