Oral history interview with Hurley Offenbacher, 1993 May 25.


Oral history interview with Hurley Offenbacher, 1993 May 25.

Hurley Offenbacher was construction manager for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., from 1974 to 1985. Offenbacher described his background and experience as building project manager for the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. He explained the circumstance in which he came to work for the National Gallery and the roles of the various people involved in the building projects. He recalled significant aspects of the connecting link and East Building projects, especially the effect of labor strikes, the use of marble and architectural concrete, and installation of the Alexander Calder mobile and Anthony Caro sculpture. He described key aspects of work on the West Building, especially replacing and loading supporting columns without damage to marble floors above, and construction of the oculus. He explained the critical path method which he used for the project and its impact on the construction.

1 sound cassette (ca. 60 minutes)


SNAC Resource ID: 8293173

National Gallery of Art Library

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