History of The Renwick Gallery Building

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  • The Renwick Gallery is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's program of contemporary craft and decorative arts. The Renwick building, a National Historic Landmark, is the first built expressly as an art museum in the United States, and is considered one of the first and finest examples of Second Empire architecture in America. Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, walks us through the building's incredible history on the occasion of its 2015 opening after a 2-year renovation.