The Castle Stereos: Exterior Views of the Smithsonian Institution


Creator: Fleming, Paula

Form/Genre: Stereoscopic view

Date: 2009

Citation: Stereo World Vol. number 35 Journal

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  • Article discusses images depicting 3-D views of the exterior of the Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle from 1859-1902, including the original building, the Castle on fire, the building after reconstruction, and the modern view. Included are detailed descriptions of the images by Stamm and Fleming.
  • Colored in photograph of the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle" on fire in 1865. People are visible standing around watching the burning of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the "Castle," January 24, 1865. The photograph was taken and heavily retouched by Alexander Gardner, where he painted flames on the photographic print. It is mounted on paper.


  • England, William d.1896
  • Gardner, Alexander 1821-1882
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • East Front of the Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Smithsonian Institution Building North Towers


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Series 3


Stamm is the curator for the Smithsonian Castle Collection. Fleming is a retired photo archivist and volunteer at National Museum of American History-Photographic Division

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Stereo World Vol. number 35 Journal

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




  • Photography
  • Fire of 1865


Stereoscopic view

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Number of pages : 07; Page numbers : 28-34

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