Smithsonian Institution Building, North Facade, c. 1860

ID: 45934A or MAH-45934A

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1856-1864

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 8

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View of the north facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building from the north east, showing the landscaping in front of the building. The weather vane atop highest North Tower was installed in 1856. The photograph was taken before the fire of 1865.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building North Towers


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Note on back says weather vane, visible atop highest North Tower, installed 1856. Predates fire of 1865. Original located in oversize prints.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 8

Contact information

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


c. 1856-1864

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  • Museum buildings
  • North Front
  • Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Weather vanes
  • Smithsonian Institution Building--North Front


  • District of Columbia
  • Southwest
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States of America
  • Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Washington


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

45934A or MAH-45934A

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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