The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Arts and Industries Building
The red brick and Ohio sandstone structure was designed in a distinctive Victorian style by Washington architect Adolph Cluss for the firm of Cluss and Schulze in cooperation with Montgomery C. Meigs. It was intended to hose a variety of exhibitions and displays of collections in an adaptable environment.
By the end of the 19th century, the open flow of the original interior plan had been altered by the addition of an extensive system of balconies. Collections were moved from the Arts and Industries Building into newly completed Smithsonian museums as they opened: the National Museum of Natural History in 1911, the National Museum of History and
The building was restored to its Victorian appearance for the nation's Bicentennial observance in 1976. In 1999, the Smithsonian Institution began to present changing exhibitions based on Smithsonian collections and research, as well as those from other museums, galleries, universities, and archives. The building was closed to the public in January 2004 to prepare for a major long-term renovation essential to conservation of this historic landmark.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 53.321′ N, 77° 1.467′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Jefferson Drive Southwest east of 12th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 990 Jefferson Drive Southwest, Washington DC 20560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Arts and Industries Building (a few steps from this marker); A Common Language (a few steps from this marker); The Modern Rose (a few steps from this marker); An Apple is a Rose (within shouting distance of this marker); Carousel on the Mall, Washington, D.C. Pluto (within shouting distance of this marker); Large Acanthus Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Before the National Air and Space Museum opened (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Also see . . .
1. Arts and Industries Building Gets a Little Love. Includes a good history of the building. (Submitted on August 27, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Wikipedia link for Adolf Cluss, the building's architect. (Submitted on August 27, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Adolf Cluss, architect.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,087 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on October 9, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on October 9, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on May 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.