Smithsonian Grounds Neglected




Date: August 18, 1856


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The U.S. Congress appropriates no funds specifically for the continued improvement of the grounds which Secretary Joseph Henry describes as being in a "neglected condition." Andrew Jackson Downing's landscape plan has not been continued since his death.


  • Downing, A. J (Andrew Jackson) 1815-1852
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Photograph of Smithsonian Castle from the north was taken late 1850s. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number MAH-45934A.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1856, p. 23

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


August 18, 1856


  • Landscape architecture
  • Finance
  • Grounds


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