The National Academy of Sciences Building:
A Home for Science in America

“We call it the building for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, but in reality it should be the nation's home of science in America, and will be looked upon by our fellow citizens and the world at large as the place where the creative mind will be able to do much to bring about a better existence for the future people of the world.”
NAS President Charles D. Walcott, 1922


A Home for Science in America recounts the history of the National Academy of Sciences Building, which was dedicated in 1924, richly illustrating its architecture and ornamentation, and describing its restoration and renewal for the 21st century.

ORIGINS
The Site
Selection of an Architect: Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue
Early Concepts of the Building

ARCHITECTURE AND ART
The NAS Building's Exterior
Exterior Stone Carvings and Bronze Work
The Grounds
The Entry Foyer  
The Great Hall
Exhibits
Library & Reading Room
The Lecture Room and the Board Room  
The Wings
The Auditorium

RESTORATION
Cleaning and Conservation of the Historic Core
New Spaces and New Infrastructure

ENDNOTES
CREDITS

This book is available for purchase online from the National Academies Press.

National Academy of Sciences
Office of the President
Archives of the National Academy of Sciences
Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences

For more information on the building of the National Academy of Sciences, see the publication
The National Academy of Sciences: A Home for Science in America published in 2013.

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