Summary

Looking south from the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 11th Street, the silhouette of the Smithsonian Institution Building is seen in the distance. The photograph, taken by William Henry Holmes and signed "W.H.H. Phot.," shows horse-drawn carriages along the avenue of storefronts. Above the first building to the right of 11th Street, the sign reads "Latimer & Cleary Auction and Commission Merchants", the next building has a sign "Star Buildings," and the third building "Metropolitan."

Author

Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933

Subject

  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 67, Folder: 8

Contact information

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

Date

April 10, 1874

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Washington, D.C
  • Buildings, structures, etc
  • Carriages
  • Landscapes
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Horses
  • Signs and signboards
  • Carriages and carts
  • Signs
  • Buildings
  • Stores, Retail
  • Buildings--Washington, D.C

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

48646 or MAH-48646

Physical description

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

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Summary

The Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB) seen from downtown Washington, D.C., from across The Mall, around 1855. In the foreground are construction materials along 15th Street, NW for the new wing added in 1855 to the Treasury Building. The Treasury building is the oldest departmental building in Washington, D.C.having been completed in 1842 and expanded three times by 1869. Residential and commercial buildings in the foreground are between 15th and 14th Streets, NW. This area was also known in the 1860s as the red light district called Murder Bay. The canal bordering the Mall before being converted to form Constitution Avenue is the sliver at right center. The white residence at the far left is at the corner of 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Treasury Dept Building

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

The original negative number is 18603. The original photograph was re-scanned and given new negative and digital file numbers. For the house at the corner of 15th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, see James M. Goode's "Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings," pages 142-143. See also Douglas Evelyn and Paul Dickson's "Pinpoint the Past in Washington, D.C.," page 45.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 67, Folder: 2 and Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 7

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1855

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Washington Canal
  • Street photography
  • Washington, D.C
  • Construction
  • Buildings, structures, etc
  • Architecture
  • Landscapes
  • Buildings
  • Buildings--Washington, D.C

Place

  • District of Columbia
  • Northwest
  • Washington
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States of America
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Architecture

ID Number

MAH-18603 or 18603 or 2004-10647

Physical description

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

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Summary

North facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), also known as the "Castle," from the northeast, before the fire of 1865, showing people on a path in front of the Castle and a flower-covered expanse along the Mall in front of the building.

Author

Russell, Andrew J

Subject

Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 1

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1858

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Flowers
  • Gardens
  • North front
  • Museums
  • Museum visitors

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

9748-A or MAH-9748A

Physical description

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

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