About the Exhibit

About the Exhibit

About the Exhibit

Renovations

Renovations
Renovations
old exhibit hall

The demolition and extensive restoration of this 25,000-square foot-hall took two and a half years. Besides updating 100-year-old utilities and ventilation systems, the project focused on revealing the original architectural structure and restoring the plaster detailing.

new exhibit hall

The 52-foot tall central atrium, which had been blocked and painted, was replaced, allowing natural light to once again fill this exhibition hall.

detail of plasterwork
photo credits

The original 1910 plasterwork and interior color schemes were meticulously restored.

PHOTO CREDITS

Fine Art Photography, Inc.

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2006 Smithsonian Institution

Credits