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Objects of Art: Models of NLM Buildings

Location: Lower lobby of Building 38A

These models of former residences of the National Library of Medicine were designed in the early 1960's and presented to the Library under the Gillmore bequest.

Four models of the NLM buildings

They are (from left to right):

Riggs Bank Building from the 19th century
(1) The Riggs Bank Building, 15th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D. C. where the Library was shelved in the front parlor from 1862 to 1866 and the small building on the left was the headquarters of the Surgeon General from 1862 to 1888;

Ford's Theater
(2) the Ford's Theatre, first permanent home of the Army Surgeon General's Library (1866-1886)


Library building and Army Medical Museum on the Mall
(3) the Library building and Army Medical Museum on the Mall, Seventh and Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., envisioned and built by John Shaw Billings, the first director, working with Adolph Cluss of the architectural firm of Cluss and Schulze where the collection was housed from 1887 to 1961;

National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
and (4) the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, completed in 1962, the current home of the Library


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Last Reviewed: February 27, 2012