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Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle
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The Smithsonian Castle, officially named the Smithsonian Institution Building, houses the administrative offices and the Information Center for the world class museums in Washington DC. This Victorian style, red sandstone building was built in 1855 and designed by architect James Renwick, Jr. It was originally the home of the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, Joseph Henry, and his family and is the oldest building on the National Mall. The Smithsonian Castle is centrally located on the National Mall and serves as good place to start a tour of the Smithsonian museums. You can view a 24-minute video on the Smithsonian and learn about other Washington, DC attractions as well. The main information area has two large models of the Mall and two electronic maps of Washington, DC. Source: dc.about.com