The Smithsonian Building ("The Castle")--page 1 (of two pages)

James Renwick

A bequest from James Smithson, an important British chemist and mineralogist, made this museum possible. This building, the first of the Smithsonian's many buildings, is in the Gothic Revival style. The plan is asymmetrical, with towers of various heights, generally indicating points of entry. The building is constructed of red Seneca sandstone.

Looking west from the Mall


Left: the east side; center and right: the north side


The north facade

Two asymmetric towers on the Mall (north) side flank the entrance, which is also signaled by the porte-cochère. Wings extend from this central building.

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