Canal Along SI Grounds Is Filled In




Date: May-December 1871


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The former canal along the present Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C., is filled in. Previously, the canal had cut the Smithsonian Institution Building off from the downtown area.


Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB) seen from downtown Washington, D.C., from across The Mall, by Unknown, c. 1855. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 2004-10647 and 18603.
  • Washburn, Wilcomb E. The Cosmos Club of Washington, A Centennial History 1878-1978. Washington: Cosmos Club, 1978, p. 100.

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


May-December 1871


  • Health
  • Canals
  • Grounds
  • Facilities


  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

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