WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessman David Rubenstein is giving $5.4 million to help the Smithsonian renovate the Renwick Gallery, the nation’s first structure built to be an art museum.
The gift announced Monday completes the private fundraising for the $30 million renovation project. Congress is providing half the funds, and the Smithsonian raised the other half.READ MORE: Ravens Overcome Jackson’s 4 INTs, Beat Browns 16-10
The Smithsonian Board of Regents voted to name the Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon in Rubenstein’s honor.READ MORE: Ravens Do Just Enough To Beat The Cleveland Browns Sunday Night
The Renwick is a National Historic Landmark that’s part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It was built across from the White House, designed in 1859 for the Corcoran art collection. It was called the “American Louvre” when it opened, symbolizing the nation’s aspirations.
Congress proposed razing the building in 1956, but first lady Jacqueline Kennedy led a campaign to save it.MORE NEWS: Circus Catch By Mark Andrews Kickstarts Ravens' Offense
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