Amazing Photograph of the Smithsonian Castle

Thank you Shorpy for an amazing photograph. This appears to be a photo we haven’t yet seen.

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Smithsonian Castle between 1860 and 1865
Smithsonian Castle between 1860 and 1865

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • ZZinDC

    Gorgeous picture! I particularly like the little glimpse it provides at the far right, of B St SW, long before it became Independence Ave.

  • publius washingtoniensis

    I agree — take a look at the charming “vernacular” architecture in the right background, i.e., real people’s houses on B Street SW. Blocks and blocks of those were cleared away when the street was widened and renamed Independence Avenue.

  • Bertie

    What do you think the date is?