Visitors to Lower Main Hall, SIB

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Looking east of a newly decorated Lower Main Hall, or the Great Hall, of the Smithsonian Institution Building, visitors pose in the center. The second floor galleries are clearly visible. The delicate stencil work on the ceiling is by architect Adolf Cluss, who following the repair of water damage in the Lower Main Hall, used the opportunity to enhance the walls and ceiling.


  • Cluss, Adolph 1825-1905
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Great Hall
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Lower Main Hall


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Published in "The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building" by Cynthia R. Field, Richard E. Stamm, and Heather P. Ewing, p. 58.

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

Contact information

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



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  • Balconies
  • Stencil work
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Museum visitors


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

60144A or MAH-60144A

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 7.25w x 8.5h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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