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Smithsonian Institution Building, 1000 Jefferson Drive, between Ninth & Twelfth Stre, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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Item Title


Location
between Ninth & Twelfth Stre, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-141
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-71).
Building/structure dates: 1847 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1884 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1964 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000867
Significance: First building of the Smithsonian Institution and a foremost example of medieval revivalism.

Subjects
Brick Buildings
Galleries & Museums
Libraries


Related Names
Renwick, James
Cluss, Adolph
Cluss & Schulze
Chatelain, Samperton & Nolan
Smithsonian Institution
Cameron, G.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. NORTH FRONT (ELEVATION)
2. NORTH FRONT, FROM THE NORTHEAST
3. NORTH FRONT, FROM THE NORTHWEST
4. SOUTH REAR
5. SOUTH REAR, FROM THE SOUTHWEST
6. DETAIL, NORTH FRONT, ENTRANCE PORTAL
7. DETAIL, NORTH FRONT, EASTERN PORTION OF MAIN BLOCK, WINDOWS
8. DETAIL, NORTH FRONT, EASTERN HYPHEN, WINDOWS
9. DETAIL, NORTH FRONT, CENTRAL (TALLEST) TOWER, FROM THE NORTHWEST
10. DETAIL, NORTH FRONT, WESTERN SECTION OF MAIN BLOCK AND WEST WING, ROOF LINE
11. DETAIL, NORTH FRONT, WEST WING, TOWER
12. DETAIL, SOUTH REAR, WESTERN SECTION OF MAIN BLOCK
13. INTERIOR, EXHIBIT HALL, LOOKING EAST
14. INTERIOR, SOUTH SIDE, DETAIL OF WINDOW
15. INTERIOR, STAIRCASE, DETAIL OF RAILING AND NEWEL POST
16. NORTH FRONT, LOOKING SOUTH
17. NORTH TOWER, PORTE COCHERE & FLAG TOWER, LOOKING SOUTH
18. NORTH TOWER, PORTE COCHERE & FLAG TOWER, LOOKING SOUTHWEST BY WEST
19. NORTH TOWER, PORTE COCHERE & FLAG TOWER, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
20. CAMPANILE WITH DOWNING URN IN FOREGROUND, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
21. CAMPANILE & TOP OF SOUTHEAST TOWER, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
22. PORTE COCHERE, LOOKING WEST
23. NORTH KEYSTONE OF PORTE COCHERE INSCRIBED 'MDCCCLII.' (1852)
24. WEST KEYSTONE OF PORTE COCHERE INSCRIBED 'J. RENWICK. JR. ARCHITECT.'
25. EAST KEYSTONE OF PORTE COCHERE INSCRIBED 'G. CAMERON. BUILDER.'
26. EAST END OF BUILDING, LOOKING WEST
27. EAST ENTRANCE, LOOKING WEST
28. DETAIL, EAST ENTRANCE HARDWARE
29. DOORKNOB, SOUTH LEAF OF EAST DOORS
30. SOUTH FRONT, LOOKING NORTH
31. SOUTH TOWER ENTRANCE, LOOKING NORTH
32. CLOSER VIEW OF SOUTH TOWER ENTRANCE
33. WEST END OF BUILDING, LOOKING EAST
34. FLAG & NORTH TOWERS FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTH
35. FLAG TOWER FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTH
36. FLAG TOWER CLOCK ZONE FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTH
37. NORTH TOWER UPPER ZONE FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTH
38. CAMPANILE FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTHEAST
39. CLOSER VIEW OF CAMPANILE FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTHEAST
40. CAMPANILE & SOUTHEAST TOWER FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING EAST BY NORTHEAST
41. SOUTHEAST TOWER & EAST WING FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING EAST BY NORTHEAST
42. SOUTHEAST TOWER & EAST WING ROOF FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING EAST BY NORTHEAST
43. TOP OF SOUTHEAST TOWER FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING EAST
44. ARTS AND INDUSTRIES BUILDING FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
45. OCTAGONAL, WEST & NORTHWEST TOWERS FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING WEST BY NORTHWEST
46. OCTAGONAL & WEST TOWERS FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTHWEST, WITH WEST WING ROOF
47. NORTHWEST TOWER FROM SOUTH TOWER ROOF, LOOKING NORTH BY NORTHWEST
48. NORTH ENTRANCE VESTIBULE, LOOKING WEST
49. CRYPT WITH SMITHSON'S SARCOPHAGUS, LOOKING NORTHEAST
50. FOOT OF WEST STAIRS & CLOCK OVER DOORWAY FROM NORTH VESTIBULE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
51. WEST STAIRS, LOOKING WEST BY NORTHWEST
52. GREAT HALL, LOOKING NORTH THROUGH STAIR HALL TO NORTH VESTIBULE DOORS
53. GREAT HALL, LOOKING WEST
54. GREAT HALL, VIEW THROUGH ARCADE TOWARD SOUTHEAST CORNER
55. GREAT HALL WINDOW, SOUTH SIDE AT EAST END
56. SOUTH ENTRANCE DOORS WITH RESTORED FANLIGHT, LOOKING SOUTH
57. EAST END OF LOUNGE
58. LOUNGE, LOOKING WEST
59. NORTH ARCADE OF LOUNGE, LOOKING WEST BY NORTHWEST
60. NORTH AISLE OF LOUNGE, LOOKING WEST
61. ORIGINAL NORTH DOOR OF LOUNGE FROM FORMER CLOISTER
62. TWO CLERESTORY BAYS & SOUTH WINDOWS FROM LOUNGE NORTH AISLE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
63. COMMONS, LOOKING SOUTH
64. COMMONS, LOOKING NORTH
65. DETAIL OF COMMONS EAST WALL, LOOKING NORTH BY NORTHEAST
66. CORBELS, BLIND ARCHES & SHIELDS, COMMONS EAST WALL, LOOKING EAST
67. COMMONS CEILING, LOOKING NORTH
68. COMMONS WEST WINDOWS, LOOKING NORTHWEST BY WEST
69. COMMONS APSE, LOOKING NORTH
70. DOOR FROM COMMONS TO WEST TOWER, LOOKING WEST
71. NORTHEAST CORNER OF WEST TOWER, LOOKING UP, SHOWING ONLY REMAINING ORIGINAL PRE-FIRE INTERIOR FINISH
72. ROOM 233, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING NORTH, ARCADE CAPITALS OF FORMER GREAT HALL BAY AT LEFT
73. PASSAGE ADJACENT TO ROOM 232, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING WEST BY NORTHWEST, SHOWING EASTERNMOST ARCH OF FORMER GREAT HALL NORTH ARCADE
74. ROOM 209 (UNDERSECRETARY'S OFFICE), EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTH
75. ROOM 209, LOOKING NORTH BY NORTHWEST
76. DETAIL OF CAST OF PHIDIAS' PANATHENAIC FRIEZE, ROOM 209, EAST WALL
77. ROOM 201 (PARLOR - SECRETARY'S ANTEROOM), EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHWEST
78. ROOM 203 (SECRETARY'S OFFICE), EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTH
79. DETAIL, MOSAIC FLOOR IN HALL 355 AT ENTRANCE TO REGENTS' ROOM, THIRD FLOOR
80. ROOM T358 (REGENTS' ROOM), SOUTH TOWER, THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTH
81. REGENTS' ROOM ORIEL, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
82. REGENTS' ROOM WEST WALL, WITH ORIGINAL CHAIRS BY JAMES RENWICK, JR. MANTELPIECE AND MIRROR ARE NOT ORIGINAL TO THE ROOM.
83. REGENTS' ROOM CHAIRS BY JAMES RENWICK, JR.
84. ROOM 384 (WILSON LIBRARY), WEST END OF CENTRAL BLOCK, THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING NORTH
85. WILSON LIBRARY FROM FOURTH FLOOR BALCONY, LOOKING NORTH BY NORTHWEST
86. ROSE WINDOW IN WILSON LIBRARY WEST WALL, FROM BALCONY
87. DETAIL, UPPER PART OF WILSON LIBRARY SOUTH WINDOW FROM BALCONY, FOURTH FLOOR
88. WILSON LIBRARY ELECTRIFIED GAS CHANDELIER FROM BALCONY. CHANDELIER NOT ORIGINAL TO ROOM.
89. VIEW OF WEST TOWER & WEST WING ROOF THROUGH QUATREFOIL WINDOW IN WILSON LIBRARY WEST WALL, FOURTH-FLOOR BALCONY
90. STAIRWAY S2, EAST WING, VIEW FROM THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHEAST
91. ROOM 301, EAST WING, THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING NORTH
92. ROSE WINDOW IN ROOM T472, NORTH TOWER, FOURTH FLOOR, LOOKING NORTH
93. DETAIL, IRON BEAM IN ROOM T471, NORTH TOWER, FOURTH FLOOR, MARKED 'PHOENIX IRON CO. PHILA.'
94. DETAIL, SAME BEAN AS ABOVE, MARKED 'PATENTED DEC. 1ST 1857'
95. ROOM 402 (LAW LIBRARY), EAST WING, FOURTH FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
96. ROOM T550, SOUTH TOWER, FIFTH FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTH
97. ORIGINAL ARCHITECT'S MODEL OF BUILDING AS FIRST DESIGNED, NORTH FRONT
98. SOUTH FRONT OF MODEL. FREESTANDING TOWER TOP AT RIGHT REPRESENTED ALTERNATE PROPOSAL FOR NORTH TOWER TO MATCH FLAG TOWER
99. MODEL, LOOKING 'SOUTHEAST,' WEST WING AT RIGHT
100. MODEL, LOOKING 'NORTHWEST,' EAST WING AT RIGHT
101. MODEL, DETAIL OF NORTH TOWERS, CENTRAL SECTION
102. Photocopy of 1882 plan of Smithsonian grounds annotated through 1891. Displayed in Great Hall of 'Castle.' SMITHSONIAN PARK
103. Photocopy of architect's rendering from Renwick's office, signed lower right 'H. C. Moore Draughtsman May 1848' & signed lower left 'Louis R. Townsend pinxt. June 1848' NORTH FRONT, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.
104. Photocopy of architect's rendering from Renwick's office, signed lower left 'Painted by Louis R. Townsend July 1848' both renderings displayed in Regents' Room of 'castle.' SOUTH FRONT, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.
105. Photocopy of plate opposite page 105 in Robert Dale Owen, Hints on Public Architecture (New York, G. P. Putnam, 1849). GROUND-PLANS, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
106. Photocopy of plate opposite pge 99 in Owen, Hints. GOTHIC DESIGN FOR SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
107. Photocopy of plate opposite page 104 in Owen, Hints. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, FROM THE NORTH-EAST
108. Photocopy of frontispiece in Owen, Hints. MAIN ENTRANCE, NORTH FRONT, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
109. Photocopy of plate opposite page 75 in Owen, Hints. WEST WING, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION: FROM THE NORTH-EAST
110. Photocopy of plate opposite page 19 in Owen, Hints. CAMPANILE, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, FROM THE NORTH-EAST
111. Photocopy of plate opposite page 108 in Owen, Hints. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION FROM THE SOUTH WEST
112. Photocopy of plate opposite page 43 in Owen, Hints. CENTRAL SOUTHERN TOWER, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION; FROM THE SOUTH-WEST
113. Photocopy of illustration on page 109 in Owen, Hints. SOUTHERN GATEWAY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
114. NORTH FACADE Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-202R.
115. NORTH FACADE, INCLINED Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-203L.
116. NORTH FACADE, EAST END Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-204L.
117. NORTH FACADE, WEST END Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-205R.
118. NORTH FACADE, WEST END, OBLIQUE Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-206L.
119. WEST FACADE Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-207R.
120. WEST FACADE, NORTH END Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-208L.
121. WEST FACADE, NORTH END, INCLINED Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-209L.
122. EAST FACADE Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-210L.
123. SE CORNER Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-211L.
124. SE CORNER, INCLINED Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-212L.
125. SOUTH FACADE, EAST END Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-213L.
126. SOUTH FACADE, CENTER Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-214R.
127. SOUTH FACADE, CENTER, INCLINED Copy photograph of photogrammetric plate LC-HABS-GS05-T-2626-215L.
SOUTH TOWER ENTRANCE, LOOKING NORTH
Interior view, Regent Room, Renwick chairs
View of the north tower porte cochere and flag tower, looking southwest (duplicate of HABS No. DC-141-19)
View of the campanile and top of the southeast tower (duplicate of HABS No. DC-141-21)
View of the campanile and southeast tower looking from the south tower roof (duplicate of HABS No. DC-141-40)


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