April 27, 1962

April 27, 1962 The United States Congress approves a law (P.L. 87-443) to provide for a National Portrait Gallery as a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution.

The photo shows a southeast view of the Patent Office Building (not the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture), home of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives

Posted: 27 April 2012
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