Too Quit on the Potomac

Getlein, Frank
July 1961
New Republic;7/24/61, Vol. 145 Issue 4/5, p27
Focuses on the far futile struggle to provide the American capital with American art in appropriate depth. Pending of a legislation to turn the old Patent Office Building, an architectural monument in itself, over to the purposes of art; Offer of four New York collectors to give their substantial 20th-Century American collections to Washington's Corcoran Gallery; Information that the Patent Office Building is now occupied by the Civil Service Commission, which expects to vacate by 1963; Decision to split the building following the Civil Service departure, into halves, one for the National Collection of Fine Arts, one for a proposed National Portrait Gallery, the material for which now exists scattered all through the government; Information on the Anderson-Saltonstall bill that grants the Portrait Gallery up to one half the space of the building, reserving the rest for the National Collection of Fine Arts.


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