October 7, 2004

Smithsonian Institution Mall-Wide Perimeter Security
(File Number 6423)

The Commission approved preliminary security plans for nine Smithsonian buildings on the National Mall with the exception of two aspects: 1) the low freestanding walls at the north entrance fountain and along 14th Street, NW at the National Museum of American History; and 2) the line of bollards along Jefferson Drive, SW, north of the entrances of the Freer Gallery and the Arts and Industries Building.

The Smithsonian proposal features a variety of landscape elements and site amenities to replace temporary security measures that are currently in place. Elements include cast bronze posts, decorative metal fence panels, freestanding low walls, fixed and retractable bollards, and custom-designed benches and guard booths. The project encompasses nine facilities: the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Arts and Industries Building, the Freer Gallery, the Museum of African Art, the Smithsonian Castle, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the S. Dillon Ripley Center. The Commission made several recommendations to the Smithsonian Institution as it prepares final site plans. View the EDR to see the Commission’s recommendations and to review proposals for specific facilities.

See the Commission Action, Staff Recommendation, and Staff Recommendation-Graphics

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