U.S. National Museum Under Construction
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The United States National Museum Building, now the Arts and Industries Building, designed by Architects Cluss and Schulze, is under construction, December 1879. Scaffolding is in place around the exterior of the building. The center rotunda has been partially constructed. This view is from the South Tower of the Smithsonian Building, looking east towards the United States Capitol. A very small portion of the Smithsonian Institution Building can be seen on left. The ceremonial ground breaking for the new museum was on April 17, 1879.
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
The original negative number for this photograph is SA-742. This image was scanned and given a digital file number, 2005-8427. For a sequential view of the progress of the building's construction see Neg. #s SA-764 and 2002-10693.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 7
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
2005-8427 or SA-742
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print