Tuesday March 30, 1880
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 30, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, Mar 30, 1880 Mary, Calvert, Downing and I went to the opening of the Art Museum in the Park. It was a very brilliant and successful affair. President Hayes was there and formally declared it opened. In all the exercises and speeches, as usual, not an allusion was made to the architect who planned and built it and he was not even asked to a seat on the platform. The interior of the building is noble and the picture galleries the best for the purpose I ever saw. I walked down to the Windsor Hotel where I dined with Annie Norton and Julia, Fred being laid up with an attack of the gout.
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