CFA 16/FEB/23-3


Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC
United States

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Building
Revitalization of the Historic Core (Revitalize Castle Phase 1) -- building and landscape renovation and modernization
Review Type
Previous Review
Submitted Documents


Dear Mr. Cortez:

In its public meeting of 16 February conducted by videoconference, the Commission of Fine Arts approved, based on its prior review of the submission materials, the final design for Phase 1 of the renovations of and additions to the Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle) and its associated landscape; the scope comprises the belowgrade elements of the project including multi-level excavation beneath the Castle.

The Commission expressed appreciation for the thorough and responsive work of the project team and looks forward to reviewing the next phase of the project, which will include details of the proposed above-grade construction. 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