Where Is This on F St. in 1865?

This wonderful old image from the 1860s shows F St. near the end of the Civil War. The details are quite incredible when you click on the photo. I’m a little confused as to where this is exactly. The building in the background could be either the old patent office of the post office. But, the columns in the photo are Ionic, whereas the column on the old post office are Corinthian and those on the patent office are Doric.

F St. in the 1860s
F St. in the 1860s

Source: New York Public Library

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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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