Smithsonian Institute, 1849

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In a departure from Classicism, Robert Mills proposed a Norman style for the Smithsonian Building, and James Renwick’s turreted design was accepted in 1846. This building established a precedent for the placement of cultural institutions rather than embassies, as L’Enfant had envisioned along the National Mall.

Robert Dale Owens, Hints on Public Architecture, 1849