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Today in Smithsonian History: February 23, 1976

Unveiling of the model for the exhibition "The Federal City: Plans and Realities" in the Office of Exhibits Central workshop. Pictured are (from left) John Singleton, model maker; John Widener, Exhibits Central; Paul Perrot, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs; Charles Conrad, Director of the National Capital Planning Commission; Wilcomb Washburn, curator of the exhibition and Director of the Office of American Studies; Charles Atherton, Secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts; Samuel Fraser, National Capital Planning Commission; and Donald Myers, Commission of Fine Arts. Photo by unknown photographer, as featured in the Torch, March 1976

Unveiling of the model for the exhibition “The Federal City: Plans and Realities” in the Office of Exhibits Central workshop. Pictured are (from left) John Singleton, model maker; John Widener, Exhibits Central; Paul Perrot, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs; Charles Conrad, Director of the National Capital Planning Commission; Wilcomb Washburn, curator of the exhibition and Director of the Office of American Studies; Charles Atherton, Secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts; Samuel Fraser, National Capital Planning Commission; and Donald Myers, Commission of Fine Arts. (Photo by unknown photographer, as featured in the Torch, March 1976)

February 23, 1976 “The Federal City: Plans and Realities,” a three-dimensional look at the original plans for the District of Columbia, opens in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building. A model of the city’s central area as it was in 1900 was created by the Office of Exhibits Central for the exhibition.


Posted: 23 February 2017
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