Museum of the Smithsonian Institution Building

ID: SIA2011-2816 or 91-17967

Creator: N. Orr & Co

Form/Genre: Engraving

Date: 1857

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 15

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  • The engraving was probably executed before the hall was completed because it shows three tiers of cases, a plan which was intended by the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Joseph Henry (1846-1878), but in fact was never cared out. The engraving also mistakenly shows the room illuminated by gas fixtures.
  • Engraving of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," museum with visitors viewing objects in display cases. The engraving was published in the Smithsonian Guidebook of 1857.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Lower Main Hall
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Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • From William Jones Rhees, An Account of the Smithsonian Institution (Philadelphia: Collins, 1857).
  • There are additional prints of this image with negative numbers 43804-H and 75-12247 in Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 15.
  • See Field, Stamm, Ewing, THE CASTLE, p.56.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 15

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SIA2011-2816 or 91-17967

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 10w x 8h ; Type of Image: Engraving ; Medium: Photographic Print

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