The Washington Armory Building

ID: 15302 or MAH-15302

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1880

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 38

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The Washington Armory Building, also known as the Columbian Armory, located between 6th and 7th Streets, was built in 1855 and razed in 1964. The Armory was used by the Smithsonian Institution staff to house the government collections transferred from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and was used as the headquarters for the United States Fish Commission, founded by second Secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird. Today, the site is now occupied by the National Air and Space Museum.


  • Armory Building
  • United States Bureau of Fisheries
  • National Collections
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


See James M. Goode's "Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings," pgs. 308-310.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 38

Contact information

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


c. 1880

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  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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15302 or MAH-15302

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Glass Negative

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