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CFA 19/SEP/13-3

3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, SW
United States
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of the American Indian
Sign program
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27 September 2013

Dear Ms. Trowbridge:

In its meeting of 19 September, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the concept for signs and wayfinding at the National Museum of the American Indian at 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, SW. The Commission approved the concept, expressing its appreciation for the Smithsonian's willingness to redirect the project and explore alternative ways to improve orientation around the site. The Commission members emphasized the importance of adhering to a landscape management plan that will avoid compromising the planting design through ad hoc pruning when adding sculpture or opening views.

The Commission looks forward to further review of the sign program design. As always, the staff is available to assist you with the next submission.


/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA

Ann Trowbridge, Associate Director for Planning
Office of Planning and Project Management
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 511
Washington, DC 20013–7012

cc: Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian
Alyson Steele, Quinn Evans Architects
Roger Courtenay, AECOM