Army Medical Museum and Library
Army Medical Museum and Library
LocationDemolished; formerly, South B Street [now Independence Avenue] and 7th Street, SW, Washington, D.C.)
ArchitectAdolf Cluss
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference No.66000854[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966
Designated NHLJanuary 12, 1965[2]
The AMML in 1969.
The AMML in 1969.
Library Hall at the AMML; Dr John Shaw Billings (1838–1913) sits at a table on the right; Photo ca. 1890.
Library Hall at the AMML; Dr John Shaw Billings (1838–1913) sits at a table on the right; Photo ca. 1890.

The Army Medical Museum and Library (AMML) of the U.S. Army was a large brick building constructed in 1887 at South B Street (now Independence Avenue) and 7th Street, SW, Washington, D.C., which is directly on the National Mall. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The building was demolished in 1969, and the collections at the focus of the landmark designation were dispersed.

Building history

The AMML was designed by German-born architect Adolf Cluss (1825–1905) to house the Army Medical Museum, the Library of the Surgeon General's Office (later called the Army Medical Library), and some of the Army's medical records.[3] Between 1893 and 1910, it also housed the Army Medical School.

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The AMML remained on the Mall until the 1960s, when the Museum and Library were moved to their present separate locations. The old building (known affectionately as "Old Red" or "The Old Pickle Factory") was razed and replaced by the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 1969.

Collection history

The AMML collection had its origins in the federal government's decision in 1862, during the American Civil War, to begin a collection of items of medical and surgical interest related to the treatment of Union Army wounded and sick in the war. At first focused on diseases related to the military (a major cause of death and incapacity during that war), it grew over the next two decades to include a wider array of samples for the use of military medical investigators. In 1888 the collection was formally opened to civilian medical researchers as well.[4]

The collection resided in a variety of buildings prior to the construction of the AMML building in 1887, including Ford's Theatre. It remained in the AMML building until October 1968, at which point it was dispersed.[4] Its principal successor is the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Successor institutions

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Army Medical Museum and Library". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  3. ^ Rhode, Michael G. (2006). "The Rise and Fall of the Army Medical Museum and Library". Washington History. 18 (1): 78–97. [1]
  4. ^ a b "NHL nomination for Army Medical Museum and Library". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-03-28.

Coordinates: 38°53′18″N 77°01′22″W / 38.888256°N 77.022829°W / 38.888256; -77.022829