Faces & Places of YesterdayGuest Posts Afternoon Photo: View North from the Smithsonian Aug 30, 2012 Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pass the afternoon by studying this photo close up. Amazing detail, including a view of the Willard Hotel as well as the Old Post Office. Washington, D.C., circa 1904. “North from the Smithsonian Institution.” Landmarks include the Willard Hotel at left and Old Post Office tower. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.