Panoramic View of Washington, D.C. - Looking Toward West Side of U.S. Capitol

ID: 2004-4101

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Aerial views

Date: c. 1900s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 68, Folder: 5

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Looking toward the west side of the United States Capitol building, a panoramic view of the city of Washington, D.C. shows the Mall area in the foreground before the railroad tracks were removed. A train is visible on the tracks. The domed structure in front of the Capitol is the Botanic Garden original octagonal greenhouse of 1859 and behind it the central pavilion added after the Civil War. The buildings were razed in 1932. The Botanic Garden was on a site previously occupied by the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C.


  • Columbian Institute
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Botanic Garden


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


For further information on the Botanic Garden, see James M. Goode's "Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings," pgs. 314-315.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 68, Folder: 5

Contact information

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


c. 1900s

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  • Railroads
  • Trains
  • Street photography
  • Buildings, structures, etc
  • Landscapes
  • Photography, Panoramic
  • Architecture
  • Washington, D.C
  • Aerial photographs
  • Buildings--Washington, D.C
  • Railroads--Trains
  • Aerial views


  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)


  • Aerial views
  • Aerial
  • Landscape
  • Panoramic photographs
  • Photographic print

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 14w x 11h; Type of Image: Aerial; Panoramic photographs; Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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