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Proposed design for the Museum of History and Technology, 1957
Proposed design for the Museum of History and Technology, 1957

Carl Mitman's proposed National Museum of Engineering and Industry was not to be. But thirty years later, in 1955, his protégé Frank Taylor would succeed in winning congressional approval for a new Museum of History and Technology. Taylor's museum would combine scientific, engineering, and technological collections with collections of social, cultural, and political history. In this 1957 architectural rendering of the new building, a classical female figure represents History, a classical male figure Technology; they are shown proudly separate, History on the left side of the building, Technology on the right. In another proposal from the same date, they stand together in the center of the façade. Within the museum, collections and exhibitions reflected both attitudes.

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