Construction of Freer Gallery of Art

ID: 29337 or MAH-29337

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Cyanotype

Date: 1916

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 10

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October 2, 1916 photograph shows digging of the foundation for the new Freer Gallery of Art. In the foreground equipment of George Hyman Contractors is loading excavated dirt onto horse-drawn carts. Visible in the background is the brick shed built in 1875, called the Laboratory of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution Building. The shed, which was used by taxidermists and preparators as well as photographers, was demolished during the course of construction work.


  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • South Yard
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Laboratory of Natural History


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 10

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



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  • Museum buildings
  • Construction
  • Landscapes
  • Animals
  • Art museums
  • Laboratories
  • Construction equipment
  • Horses
  • Grounds
  • Carriages and carts
  • Sheds
  • Construction workers


  • Cyanotype
  • Landscape

ID Number

29337 or MAH-29337

Physical description

Color: Cyano type; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Cyanotype

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