WASHINGTON (AP) â€” One of the oldest buildings on the National Mall could become a high-tech education center for the Smithsonian Institution under a draft proposal.
Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough presented a concept to the museum's governing board Monday for renovating the 129-year-old Arts and Industries Building.
The red brick, Victorian-inspired building has been shuttered since 2004 because of structural problems. The Smithsonian would use $12.6 million in federal funds to begin design work to renovate the structure under the proposal.
Under the concept, four theaters would represent the Smithsonian's focus on four key challenges: exploring the universe, biodiversity and sustainability, valuing world cultures and understanding American identity and diversity.