Future Home of the National Zoological Park

ID: 2002-12217

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1890

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 25, Folder 6

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In Washington, D.C., in the area now known as Rock Creek Park, wooded lands purchased to be the future home of the National Zoological Park. Visible on lower left is a road and on upper right is Holt House, which was purchased for $40,000 by the Zoo Commission in 1889. The Holt House, renovated to make it "suitable for occupancy", was used for the Zoo's Administration Offices until 1977.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Holt House


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This is one of several views of the area taken at this time. See also Neg. # 14341, 14342, 14343, 14344, 16288, 16289, 16290, 2002-12214, 2002-12215, and 2002-12216. The old negative number is 14330, but that negative could not be located.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 25, Folder 6

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


c. 1890

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Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

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

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