Follow the history of this beautiful building from its beginnings as the original home of the National Museum to its ongoing restoration in a series of rare photos from the Office of Architectural History and Historic Preservation on view in the Ripley Center Concourse, beginning Nov. 1.
Photo by Eric Long
The building committee for the U.S. National Museum included architect Adolf Cluss, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and other important figures of the day. From left, Gen. M.C. Meigs; Gen. W.T. Sherman, Regent and Chairman of the Building Committee; Regent Peter Parker; Smithsonian Secretary Spencer F. Baird; Architect Adolf Cluss; W.J. Rhees, Chief Clerk of the Smithsonian; and Daniel Leech, Smithsonian Institution correspondence clerk. (Via Smithsonian Institution Archives)
Visitors to the Arts and Industries Building, home of the United States National Museum, in the late 19th century. (Via Smithsonian Institution Archives.)
Posted: 29 October 2015