AAA Editor Notes
Arts and Industries Building is next to the Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle) at 900 Jefferson Dr. S.W. The second-oldest Smithsonian building was originally known as the U.S. National Museum and exhibited items acquired from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia. It was completed in 1881, just in time for President James A. Garfield's inaugural ball. The handsome exterior of red brick and sandstone is a nice contrast to the Castle's more Gothic style.
Note: The Arts and Industries Building has been closed for renovations and maintenance upgrades since 2004. Much of the work has been completed, but the building is open only occasionally for special events.