Awesome Photo of 1865 Haymarket in Washington

What an awesome photograph from the Civil War. This shows a haymarket, with (what I believe to be) the Smithsonian in the background. If I’m mistaken, please let me know what those buildings are.

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haymarket in Washington, DC
haymarket in Washington, DC

Source: Library of Congress

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  • Anne

    Great pic! Check out to see various pictures of the inside of the castle – some from around the same time period.

  • Ryan

    You’re right that that is the Smithsonian Castle behind the market and even better, the photo shows the damage to the building from its 1865 fire!