North Front of A&I Building

ID: 9498 or MAH-9498

Creator: Unknown (Thomas W. Smillie?)

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1900

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 8

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The glass doors at the North Entrance of the United States National Museum, now known as the Arts and Industries Building, were installed c.1890 and replaced c. 1902-1907. Easter Island Statues flank each side of the entrance. A watchman is seated at the door. Gardeners are arranging a floral bed in the foreground. Signs on the two light posts direct visitors to enter the museum by the East Doors. Over the gable of the north nave is an inscription stone "National Museum, 1879", and an allegorical group of statuary designed by Caspar Buberl, of New York, representing "Columbia as the Protectress of Science and Industry."


  • Burberl, Caspar
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building North Front
  • Office of Protective Services


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The glass door at the north entrance was installed c. 1890 and replaced c. 1902.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 8

Contact information

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


c. 1900

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  • Museum buildings
  • Horticulture
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Grounds
  • Employees
  • Statues
  • Gardens
  • SI Buildings
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Easter Island


  • District of Columbia
  • Easter Island
  • Southwest
  • United States of America
  • Washington
  • Arts and Industries Building


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

9498 or MAH-9498

Physical description

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

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