A $500M miss-fortune building connected to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Atlanta is going up on the National Mall.
The building, built by a consortium of companies, is part of the National Park Service’s project to bring together more than $5.5 billion in federal, state and local funds to help restore and enhance the park and surrounding landscape.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., is the largest museum dedicated to African-American art in the country.
“This project is an incredible example of collaboration among communities, government and industry to make a positive impact on the natural environment in our nation’s capital,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, R-Ga., chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
“These funds will help create a safer, healthier, more prosperous, more sustainable, and more vibrant region, and we are proud to be partners in this effort.”
The $5,000 million National Park System project is the latest chapter in a $400 billion national park plan that includes an expansion of the Smithsonian and National Zoo in Washington and an expansion to the U.N. headquarters in New York.
The National Park Foundation is funding the project.
“The Smithsonian American Museum of American Art, which opened in 1908 and was built to house African American artists, is one of the nation’s largest and most beautiful institutions, and this $500 Million National Park Plan is a wonderful testament to its importance,” said James P. Brown, director of the Center for the Study of Civic Engagement at the University of Georgia.
“We applaud the National Parks Foundation for supporting the restoration of the Museum of the American Art to its original glory, and look forward to working with the Museum and our partners on future projects.”
The Smithsonian and the National Zoo are both owned by the National Capital Planning Commission.
The National Park Association and the Smithsonian American Academy of Arts and Sciences also are contributing money.
The museum’s opening drew protests and fierce opposition from groups opposed to the plans, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.