DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle):
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Wikipedia Description: Smithsonian Institution Building
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The Smithsonian Institution Building, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., houses the Smithsonian Institution's administrative offices and information center. The Building is constructed of red sandstone in the faux Norman style (a 12th-century combination of late Romanesque and early Gothic motifs) and is appropriately nicknamed The Castle.
It was the first Smithsonian building, begun in 1847 by architect James Renwick, Jr., whose other works include St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, also in Washington D.C. In August 1853, the Smithsonian's Board of Regents declared that the work of the original architect, James Renwick, Jr., was done. Lieutenant Barton S. Alexander of the U.S. Army Topographic Engineers was asked to take up the architect's responsibilities for the slowly progressing Smithsonian Building. Under his supervision, the building was finished in 1855.
Over the years, several reconstructions have taken place. The first followed a disastrous fire on January 24, 1865, which destroyed most of the upper story of the main segment and the north and south towers. In 1884, the east wing was fireproofed and enlarged to accommodate more offices. Remodeling from 1968 to 1969 restored the building to the Victorian atmosphere reminiscent of the era during which it was first inhabited.
This building served as a home for the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, Joseph Henry, and his family and for many years housed all aspects of Smithsonian operations, including an exhibit hall from 1858 until the 1960s. In 1901, Washington's first children's room was installed in the Castle's South Tower Room where the original decorated ceiling and wall stencils were restored in 1987. Located inside near the north entrance is the crypt of James Smithson, benefactor of the Institution, while outside on the Mall, a bronze statue of Jo ...More...
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2013_DC_SI_Castle_BS: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Backstage items (62 photos from 2013)
2015_DC_SI_Castle_BS: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Backstage items (24 photos from 2015)
2014_DC_SI_Castle_Mask: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: 3-D Printed Presidential Life Mask (15 photos from 2014)
2008_DC_SI_Castle_Olympics: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: American Heroes of the Olympic Spirit (26 photos from 2008)
2012_DC_SI_Castle_CWP: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: Civil War Photography (39 photos from 2012)
2013_DC_SI_Castle_CWP: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: Civil War Photography (42 photos from 2013)
2004_DC_SI_Castle_NMAAHC: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: Design Models: National Museum of African American History and Culture's Architectural Design Competition (1 photos from 2004)
2015_DC_SI_Castle_Earliest: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: Earliest Known Photograph of the Castle (12 photos from 2015)
2015_DC_SI_Castle_BldgH: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: History of Castle (67 photos from 2015)
2009_DC_SI_Castle_BldgH: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) -- Exhibit: History of Castle (1 photos from 2009)
2017 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(April) a 48-hour jaunt for a Civil War Trust conference in Pensacola, FL,
(June) an 11-day trip around the Civil War Trust annual conference in Chattanooga, TN including sites in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee,
(July) the annual San Diego Comic Con trip with a sidetrip to sites in Arizona,
(August) a family reunion in The Dells, Wisconsin including sites in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and
(October) the Civil War Trust Grand Review in Fredericksburg, VA.
For some reason, several of my photos have been published in physical books this year which is pretty cool. Ones that I know about:
"Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" (David Lemmo),
"The Great Crusade: A Guide to World War I American Expeditionary Forces Battlefields and Sites" (Stephen T. Powers and Kevin Dennehy),
"The American Spirit" (David McCullough),
"Civil War Battlefields: Walking the Trails of History" (David T. Gilbert),
"The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 — Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia" (Marvin Kalb), and
"The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" (Ron Collins and David Skover).