Work Begins on the Smithsonian "Castle"

Title

Work Begins on the Smithsonian "Castle"

Description

James Renwick, Jr began work on the original Smithsonian Institution building in 1847. Renwick's design was inspired by western European structures originally built in the 1100s, making this Gothic Revival building look like a castle. When construction began, the Mall was quiet and the Smithsonian building was isolated from the city Washington. When it opened in 1855, the Castle housed the first museum on the Mall.

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.

Date

1847

Coverage

Event Sort Date

18470000

Description

James Renwick, Jr began work on the original Smithsonian Institution building in 1847. Renwick's design was inspired by western European structures originally built in the 1100s, making this Gothic Revival building look like a castle. When construction began, the Mall was quiet and the Smithsonian building was isolated from the city Washington. When it opened in 1855, the Castle housed the first museum on the Mall.

Date

1847

Coverage

1830-1859

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.