Construction of Lion House at NZP

ID: 88-7631

Creator: Bell, C.M

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1891

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 35 Folder 2

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Construction of the Carnivora House, the first permanent stone structure at the National Zoological Park, June 4, 1891. Designed by Boston architect William Ralph Emerson, it housed virtually all of the animals during the first years of the zoo. It was built of locally quarried grey gneiss stone.


  • Emerson, William Ralph 1833-1917
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Animal House
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Carnivora House
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Buildings
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Early History


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Source: AR 1891, Report of the Acting Manager of the NZP: 49. There are several similar photos in this RU.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 35 Folder 2

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  • Construction
  • Zoos
  • Architecture
  • Lion House
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Construction workers
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)--Lion House


  • Photographic print
  • Architecture

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

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