A&I Building Construction, Northwest Quadrant

ID: 2002-10693

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 7

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View of the construction of the northwest quadrant of the United States National Museum, now known as the Arts and Industries Building. The walls of the building are complete and the roof is being worked on. This view is from the South Tower of the Smithsonian Building, looking east towards the Capitol. The ceremonial ground breaking for the new museum was on April 17, 1879. The United States Capitol Building is visible in the background. Corner of the Smithsonian Institution Building can be seen on left.


  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • South Yard
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


The original negative number was 1538, but that negative has been lost. For a sequential view of the progress of the building's construction see Neg. #s SIA2008-2453 and 2005-8427.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 7

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture
  • Roofs
  • New Museums
  • Construction (Buildings)


  • District of Columbia
  • Southwest
  • United States of America
  • Washington
  • Arts and Industries Building


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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