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November 14, 2014

Smithsonian Outlines Plans for $2-Billion Mall Face-Lift

The Smithsonian unveiled the blueprint Thursday for a $2-billion renovation of its museums and gardens along the south side of Washington, D.C.'s National Mall, The Washington Post and the Associated Press write. The proposal includes refurbishing the iconic Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the Castle; new, more welcoming museum entrances; and improved connections between institutions dedicated to African, Asian, and modern art.

Smithsonian officials said the project, described as the most ambitious considered for the Mall in more than a century, would be funded with a mix of federal and philanthropic dollars and implemented over 10 to 20 years. If approved by the multiple government agencies that oversee building in the nation's capital, work is expected to begin in 2021.