Underwood & Underwood
Title: (3) From Washington Monument (E.) over Agricultural Grounds to the Capitol, Washington U.S.A.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Letha Van Pelt
Accession Number: 1995.0006.0056
Inscriptions:As you stand now, the White House, the Treasury and the State, War and Navy Departments, are down at your left; the Potomac is flowing by behind you and curving around to your right. The nearer buildings and the park down below here at your right belong to the Department of Agriculture; the brownstone buildings just beyond with the picturesque towers and gables include the offices of the famous Smithsonian Institute. The long roofs of the Penn., B. & P. and Northern Central railroads you see separating the tree masses of the Mall from the gardens beyond, nearer the Capitol. The big building just northwest from that Union railroad station is the Central Market. It is, of course, the stately west front of the Capitol that you see ahead, crowned by its magnificent dome. When the corner-stone of that building was laid only a little more than a century ago (1793) Washington was only an untidy village. The seat of the national government was formally transferred here from Philadelphia in 1800. The British burned the building in 1814 and its rebuilding in Virginia sandstone took until 1827; thirty years later the outer north (Senate) and south (House of Representatives) wings were added. using Massachusetts marble. As it stands now the building is 350 x 750 feet and covers nearly four acres. It is 288 feet from the foundations to the crest of the statue of Liberty which surmounts the beautiful dome. The Congressional Library you see over beyond the Capitol. Its main entrance is on this side. An underground tunnel connecting those two buildings contains a cable carrier and books needed by a Congressman for reference in the heat of a debate can by this means be sent over and put in his hands in less than five minutes. See “Washington through the Stereoscope.” with special, keyed maps, locating all the standpoints taken and identifying all the landmarks. From Descriptive Bulletin No. 3, copyrighted, 1904 by Underwood & Underwood. From Washington Monument looking East; Washington, U.S. A.
Copyright:Underwood & Underwood
Description: Aerial view from Washington Monument toward Capital Building
Place Depicted:North and Central America, United States, District of Columbia, Washington D.C.