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Renwick Gallery renovation contractor named

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The general construction contractor for the renovation of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery will be Consigli Construction Co. Inc., based in Milford, Mass. The company won following a competitive proposal process. This is the first project in Washington, D.C., for the company.

Consigli was selected for its experience working with historic buildings and museums. Among its recent noteworthy projects are the restoration of Trinity Church in Boston, a National Historic Landmark building designed by H.H. Richardson; the renovation of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., the oldest public art museum in the United States, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.

The Renwick Gallery building, designed in 1859, was the first purpose-built museum in Washington, D.C. The building is named for its architect, James Renwick Jr., who also designed the Smithsonian's "Castle" and St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. It was built originally as a public museum for William Corcoran's private art collection. The Renwick Gallery is the third-oldest Smithsonian building.

The museum closed to the public Dec. 9, 2013; staff and the collections vacated the building earlier this year. Construction is expected to be complete in 15 months.

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