Aerial View of The Mall

ID: 24711 or MAH-24711

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1900

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 67, Folder: 11-A

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Aerial view of the Mall taken from the Washington Monument looking towards the Capitol. On the right is the United States Department of Agriculture Building (built in 1868 and razed in 1930) and the greenhouses with the formal gardens in front of the Agriculture Building with a pair of embellished neoclassical pavilions; the Smithsonian Institution Building or "The Castle" and the United States National Museum Building, now known as the Arts and Industries Building. Note that at this time the Mall is covered with trees. Just beyond the Arts and Industries Buildings, is the Army Medical Museum (1887-razed 1969 and now occupied by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden), and then the Armory Building (1825-razed 1964 and where the National Air and Space Museum is now located). Visible to the left of the Mall is the Center Market on Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues between 7th and 9th Streets, N.W. In the distance is the United States Capitol. Right in front of the Capitol in the trees is the roof of the Botanic Garden building.


  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Medical Museum (Armed Forces Institute of Pathology)
  • Army Medical Museum (U.S.)
  • United States Botanic Garden
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture Building
  • Armory Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


A copy of this photo can also be found in Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU79, Box 9, Folder 5. See James M. Goode's "Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings," for more information on the Army Medical Museum, pages 323-325; for the Armory, pages 308-310; and for the Botanic Gardens, pages 314-315.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 67, Folder: 11-A

Contact information

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


c. 1900

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  • Buildings, structures, etc
  • Landscapes
  • Architecture
  • Washington, D.C
  • Greenhouses
  • Pavilions
  • Parks
  • Aerial photographs
  • Buildings--Washington, D.C
  • Aerial views


  • District of Columbia
  • Southwest
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States of America
  • National Mall
  • Center Market
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington


  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Aerial

ID Number

24711 or MAH-24711

Physical description

Color: Black and white; Size: 11w x 8h; Type of Image: Aerial; Medium: Photographic print

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