The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Original Smithsonian Institution Building
Erected 1847-57. Designed by James Renwick, Jr. in twelfth century Romanesque style for the first offices, research laboratories, exhibits, collections, and lectures of the Smithsonian Institution. Dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 53.331′ N, 77° 1.556′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Jefferson Drive, SW east of 14th Street, SW (U.S. 1). Touch for map. Marker is low on the east side of the building's north face. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Jackson Downing (within shouting distance of this marker); Spencer Fullerton Baird (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enid A. Haupt Garden (about 300 feet away); Carousel on the Mall, Washington, D.C. (about 400 feet Arts and Industries Building (about 400 feet away); Petrified Wood (about 600 feet away); Federal Grain Inspection Service (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Also see . . .
1. Smithsonian Institution Building. (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. James Smithson - Founder of the Smithsonian Institution. (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Mr. Smithson Goes to Washington. (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
5. James Renwick, Jr. (Submitted on August 27, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. National Register of Historic Places:
Smithsonian Building *** (added 1966 - - #66000867)
Also known as Smithsonian Institution Building
Jefferson Dr. at 10th St., SW , Washington
• Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
• Architect, builder, or engineer: Renwick,James
• Area of Significance: Science, Invention, Architecture
• Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874
• Owner: Federal
• Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
• Historic Sub-function: Museum, Organizational
• Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
• Current Sub-function: Museum, Organizational
Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 12, 1965):
Designed by James Renwick and erected between 1847 and 1855, this is the finest remaining example of Norman Revival civil architecture in the country. Constructed of red Seneca sandstone, it was built to house the Smithsonian Institution, established by the generous bequest of James Smithson, English scientist and illegitimate son of the Duke of Northumberland, and chartered by Act of Congress in 1846.
— Submitted August 22, 2011.
Additional keywords. The Castle; James Smithson; Ralph Rinzler; Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Categories. • Education • Forts, Castles • Landmarks •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.