Monumental plans for the Department of Agriculture

Title

Monumental plans for the Department of Agriculture

Description

Sketched in 1904 and later published in Women's Home Companion, this drawing demonstrates grand neoclassical plans to expand the Department of Agriculture. The Department had long since outgrown the original 1868 construction, one of the oldest on the National Mall. By the turn of the century, almost 500 people worked there, and laboratory space was no longer sufficient for chemistry and botanical research programs. Plans for rebuilding the department came, in part, from the massive redesign of the National Mall proposed by the McMillan Commission in 1901 to construct the Mall as a sweeping vista of monuments bordered with museums and government buildings.

Creator

Source

US Commission on Fine Arts. View original.

Date

1905

Coverage

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

550 x 269 px

Description

Sketched in 1904 and later published in Women's Home Companion, this drawing demonstrates grand neoclassical plans to expand the Department of Agriculture. The Department had long since outgrown the original 1868 construction, one of the oldest on the National Mall. By the turn of the century, almost 500 people worked there, and laboratory space was no longer sufficient for chemistry and botanical research programs. Plans for rebuilding the department came, in part, from the massive redesign of the National Mall proposed by the McMillan Commission in 1901 to construct the Mall as a sweeping vista of monuments bordered with museums and government buildings.

Creator

H.M. Petit

Date

1905

Coverage

1890-1919

Source

US Commission on Fine Arts. View original.