Hurricane Hits DC Region




Date: September 29, 1896


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A hurricane hits the DC region on September 29, 1896. The storm severely damages the city and surrounding areas. Officials estimate the damages will cost the city a quarter of a million dollars. Buildings are destroyed, ships are overturned and lives are lost. The Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle, incurs sever damages to its South Tower and roof. The Arts and Industries Building's damages are minor and only has a small amount of leaks that need repair.


Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


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Buildings Report 1896-1897, RU 158, Box 23, Folder: Department of Buildings and Labor Supt's Report 1896-1897, page 5.

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September 29, 1896


  • Storms
  • Art & Industries Building (A&I)
  • Natural disasters


Washington (D.C.)

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