365 Days of Art: January 27 – The Renwick Gallery Opens in Washington DC

The Renwick Gallery

January 27, 1972
The Renwick Gallery, whose collection is devoted to American crafts, design, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present, opens in Washington DC as a branch of the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum).

It’s situated very close to the White House in a National Historic Landmark building designed by James Renwick Jr. in 1859. If you’re planning a road trip, hold off for now–it’s closed to the public until 2016 for a massive renovation that will address technological, structural and cosmetic updates.