Project (7156) Document or Notice Agency Seeking Comment/ Posting Notice Date Posted Closing Date
Public Space Renewal Project West Wing, Package III Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)


May 23, 2011 June 23, 2011
Description of Project

The Smithsonian Institution proposes to construct a new window at level 1 on the west façade of the Museum of American History in order to provide daylight to the Museum’s largest public program space. The proposal also includes the relocation of the Calder stabile, "Gwenfritz," to its original location and the re-establishment of the reflecting pool that once surrounded the stabile.

Input Requested
Comments on final Environmental Assessment (EA).

Submit Comments to:
Please submit comments to:

Ms. Jennifer Hirsch, AICP
Urban Planner / Federal Preservation Officer
National Capital Planning Commission
401 9th Street, NW – Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004

Ms. Jane Passman
Senior Facilities Master Planner
Smithsonian Institution
600 Maryland Avenue SW Suite 5001
PO BOX 37012 MRC 511
Washington DC 20013-7012

Commission Action Requested
Approval of preliminary and final site and building plans.

Expected Date of NCPC Action
July 7, 2011

Historic Preservation (section 106) Consultation Process

The Smithsonian and the DC State Historic Preservation Officer have determined that the proposed new window would have an adverse effect on the character of the museum building and have developed a Memorandum of Agreement for mitigation that calls for the re-establishment of the Calder stabile and reflecting pool to their original location.

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