Rubenstein Gift Completes Renwick Drive
A $5.4 million gift from David Rubenstein completes the private fundraising goal for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. “I am honored to help with the restoration of the Renwick,” Rubenstein said. The Renwick’s Grand Salon will be named in recognition of his generosity. Rubenstein co-chairs the Smithsonian Campaign. Other gifts by him to the Smithsonian have helped renew and display the Star-Spangled Banner, advance the Encyclopedia of Life and further the National Zoo’s giant panda and elephant programs. Designed in 1859 by James Renwick in the Second Empire style, this National Historic Landmark building is the first in the nation built to exhibit art. It displays the Smithsonian’s American craft and decorative arts collection. The Renwick is closed for renovations, which are expected to be completed in 14 months. The refurbishment includes restoring window treatments and vaulted second floor gallery ceilings and improving the building's staff workspaces and infrastructure.