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Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973  Search this
Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888  Search this
Renwick, James 1818-1895  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Court of Claims Building  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
United States President (1963-1969 : Johnson)  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10.5h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
Letters (correspondence)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
June 22, 1965
Civil War, 1861-1865
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
SIA2011-1433 is page 1 and SIA2011-1434 is page 2.
A letter from S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson requesting that the U.S. Court of Claims Building be transferred to Smithsonian custody for use as a museum.
William Wilson Corcoran began construction on his gallery of art at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in 1859 and hired as the architect James Renwick, Jr., who had designed the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle." The building was seized by the government in 1861 and used as a warehouse and office space for Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs during the Civil War. The building was eventually returned to Corcoran, and opened as his art gallery in 1872. When his collection outgrew the space, he built a new gallery nearby. The building was then used as the U.S. Court of Claims Building until 1965, when it was transferred to the Smithsonian, and renovated for use as the Renwick Gallery of Art devoted to American crafts and decorative arts.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Box 69, Folder 1
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Secretaries  Search this
Art museums  Search this
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Standard number:
SIA2011-1433 and SIA2011-1434
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div