Corcoran Gallery of Art

17th St. at New York Ave., NW., Washington, District of Columbia


Street View 


Chartered by Congress in 1870, this is one of the oldest museums in America. It was founded by merchant, businessman and philanthropist William Wilson Corcoran (1798-1888), who contributed both his art collection and the building to house it; when the collection outgrew its first home, Corcoran gave funds for a new building and a school of design in connection with the museum. This new structure (1893), designed by Ernest Flagg in the the Beaux Arts style, is identified as an early and integral part of the City Beautiful plan. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 27, 1992

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1971
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Areas of significance
Architecture; Education; Art
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
School; Museum
Current functions
School; Museum
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1897; 1928

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller