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Corcoran Gallery of Art
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Corcoran Gallery of Art is located in District of Columbia
Location: 17th St. at New York Ave., NW.
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates: 38°53′45″N 77°02′24″W / 38.8957795°N 77.0398988°W / 38.8957795; -77.0398988Coordinates: 38°53′45″N 77°02′24″W / 38.8957795°N 77.0398988°W / 38.8957795; -77.0398988
Architect: Ernest Flagg
Architectural style(s): Beaux Arts
Added to NRHP: May 6, 1971
Designated NHL: April 27, 1992
NRHP Reference#: 71000997

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is the largest privately supported cultural institution in Washington, DC. The museum's main focus is American art. The permanent collection includes works by Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Ian Hornak, Paul Manship, Chryssa Vardea Mavromichali, Claude Monet, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Andy Warhol, and many others. There are always several exhibitions. The Corcoran is the oldest and largest non-federal art museum in the District of Columbia. Its mission is to be "dedicated to art and used solely for the purpose of encouraging the American genius."



When the gallery was founded in 1869 by William Wilson Corcoran, the co-founder of Riggs Bank, it was one of the first fine art galleries in the country.[1] Corcoran established the gallery, supported with an endowment, "for the perpetual establishment and encouragement of the Fine Arts."

The Corcoran Gallery of Art was originally located at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, in the building that now houses the Renwick Gallery. Construction of that building started before the Civil War. The building, near completion, was used by the government as a warehouse during the Civil War. It was finally completed in 1874 and the gallery opened to the public.[2]

By 1897, the Corcoran Gallery collection outgrew the space of its original building. A new building was constructed, designed by Ernest Flagg in a Beaux-Arts style. The building spans 135,000 square feet (12,500 m²). A proposed addition by Frank O. Gehry would have more than doubled the museum's size, but the plan was scrapped due to funding problems in the summer of 2005.

The museum and its affiliated art and design college Corcoran College of Art and Design together have a staff of about 185 and an operating budget of about $20 million. Revenue comes from various sources, including grants and contributions, admissions fees, tuition, membership dues, gift shop and restaurant sales, and an endowment currently worth around $30 million. In February 2001, two AOL executives (Robert Pittman and Barry Schuler) and their wives donated $30 million to the museum, its largest single donation since its founding.

The Corcoran's president and director is Paul Greenhalgh.

See also


  1. ^ Art_And_Museums
  2. ^ Reed, Robert (1980). Old Washington, D.C. in Early Photographs: 1846-1932. Dover Publications. p. 127.  

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