11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Arts & Industries Building of Smithsonian Institution
Year Listed: 2006
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect
Originally known as the National Museum and erected to house the collections of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building was the very first Smithsonian museum on the National Mall and functioned as the Smithsonian's only museum until the completion of the National Museum of Natural History in 1910. The Arts and Industries Building is generally considered the masterpiece of architect Adolf Cluss, who designed more than 70 buildings in Washington during his prolific career.