Earliest Known Sketches of the Smithsonian Institution Building

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Published in C. R. Field, R. E. Stamm, and H. P. Ewing, The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993, pg.9.
Four Gothic scheme sketches of the proposed Smithsonian Institution Building drawn by architect James Renwick, Jr. The sketches, made in pencil and some ink on paper, include: an elevation of the north facade, a plan of the first floor, an elevation of the west wing, and an elevation of the south central tower and are the earliest known conceptual drawings that the architect made.
James Renwick, Jr., began his design of the Smithsonian Institution Building with a Gothic castle and eventually reworked it into a Romanesque castle. This later scheme won him the competition in 1846 to appoint an architect for the design of the Smithsonian's first building.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Item 294
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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Renwick, James 1818-1895
Renwick, James 1818-1895
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Institution Building Competition
Architecture, Gothic
Architecture, Romanesque
Architectural drawing
Architecture--Design and plans
Architectural design
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Number of Images: 1 Color: Color ; Size: 10.5w x 7h] ; Type of Image: Architectural Drawing ; Medium: Paper
Smithsonian Archives - History Div