Smithsonian Master Plan


Location: Washington, D.C.


Intent:  EHT Traceries has been retained to provide historic preservation consulting services to aid in the creation of a Master Plan for The Smithsonian Institution South Mall Campus. The master plan will improve the visitor experience and strengthen physical and programmatic connections among existing facilities. Included within the project scope are the Smithsonian Institution “Castle,” the Arts and Industries Building, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Freer Gallery, the Quadrangle, and several gardens. Traceries conducted extensive research and drafted a historic context report to inform the master plan approach. As a federal undertaking, the proposed  redevelopment will require a consideration of the potential effects on historic resources under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and will be coordinated with the Environmental Assessment process. Traceries is overseeing Section 106 consultation with the DC Historic Preservation Office and other consulting paries. Traceries is also preparing materials for presentation to the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission. Upon completion, the master plan will leverage the Smithsonian’s historic, iconic resources to transform the visitor experience from a static and collections-oriented approach to one that is dynamic, social, and lively.

Client:  Smithsonian Institution

Project Size:  Approximately 20 acres

Project Date:  Early 2013 to present