CFA 15/SEP/22-2


Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC
United States

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Building, Arts & Industries Building, and Freer Gallery of Art
Revitalization of the Historic Core -- building renovations and modernizations
Review Type
Revised concept
Previous Review
Submitted Documents


Dear Mr. Cortez:

In its public meeting of 15 September conducted by videoconference, the Commission of Fine Arts approved, based on its prior review of the submission materials, the revised concept design proposal by the Smithsonian Institution for the renovation of and additions to properties in its historic core—the Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle) and the Arts and Industries Building, located at 1000 and 900 Jefferson Drive, SW—and associated perimeter security elements.

The Commission members expressed appreciation for the responsiveness to their previous advice, and they look forward to reviewing additional elements and outstanding details of the project. Please coordinate the next submission with the staff which, as always, is available to assist you.


/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA

Ronald Cortez
Under Secretary for Administration
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

cc: Matt Chalifoux, EYP/Loring
Faye Harwell, Rhodeside & Harwell