Wide View of South Facade of Natural History Building

ID: SIA2011-2363 or 32404-1

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: March 19, 1936

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook A-N

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View of the Natural History Building, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, from the South, Madison Drive facade, as seen from slightly above. Behind the Natural History Building are the Internal Revenue Service Building on the left, and the Department of Justice Building on the right. The Post Office Building is visible to the left side of the frame, behind the Internal Revenue Service Building. Other small buildings in the cityscape are also visible. In front of the Natural History Building, there are cars parked along Madison Drive. There are two walkways leading up to Madison Drive and the main entrance of the Natural History Building. Smaller crossing paths are visible on either side of the main paths.


  • Washington City Post Office Building
  • Old Post Office Pavilion
  • United States Dept. of Justice
  • United States Internal Revenue Service
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Image taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, and included in section N of a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds, buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes.
  • Alternative negative number is 32404-1. This image was most likely taken from the tower of the Smithsonian Institution "Castle" Building, which sits on the south side of the National Mall opposite the Natural History Museum.
  • The geographic location of this image is approximated by the information provided in the image. It is not an exact longitude and latitude.
  • Pencil notes on the borders of the photograph include the alternative negative number ' 32404-1' (top border) and a date 'Mar 19,1936' (bottom border).

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook A-N

Contact information

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


March 19, 1936

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  • Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Automobile parking
  • Washington, D.C
  • Grounds
  • Museums
  • Motor vehicles
  • Buildings--Washington, D.C


  • District of Columbia
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington


  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2011-2363 or 32404-1

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 2.25 w x 2.25 h; Type of Image: Exterior: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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