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Smithsonian picks Durham design firm for black-history museum

Posted April 14, 2009 11:47 a.m. EDT
Updated April 14, 2009 4:49 p.m. EDT

— The architectural group responsible for San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora will design the new black history museum on the National Mall in Washington.

A Smithsonian Institution jury announced the pick Tuesday. The firm Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup proposed a layered, glowing structure topped with a bronze crown.

Durham-based Freelon Group, led by Philip Freelon, was part of the winning bid. The firm also was selected last month with partner HOK of Atlanta to design the $125 million Center for Civil & Human Rights in Atlanta.

The lead designer of the Smithsonian project will be David Adjaye, who designed the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.

The institution, scheduled to open in 2015, will be called the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It could be the final museum added to the expanse between the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument.