A&I Rotunda from Northwest Balcony

ID: SIA2009-0160 or 7035

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Event

Date: March 4, 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 10

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The Rotunda from the northwest balcony of the new United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building, decorated for President James A. Garfield and Vice President Chester A. Arthur's Inaugural Ball, March 4, 1881. This was the first event held in that building. The "Statue of America" in the rotunda holds an electric lamp in her hand. In the foreground the railing of the balcony can be seen and chairs on the balcony.


  • Garfield, James A (James Abram) 1831-1881
  • Arthur, Chester Alan 1829-1886
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States President (1881 : Garfield)
  • United States National Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 10

Contact information

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


March 4, 1881

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No restrictions


  • New Museums
  • Electric lighting
  • Statues
  • Garfield Inaugural Ball
  • Rotundas
  • Openings
  • Electricity
  • Inaugurations
  • Museum openings
  • Balconies
  • Stencil work
  • Statue of America (Statue)
  • Bunting (Cloth)


  • Event
  • Photographic print
  • Interior

ID Number

SIA2009-0160 or 7035

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Event; Interior; Medium: Photographci print

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