West front of Capitol, vii, peristyle complete

Title

West front of Capitol, vii, peristyle complete

Description

This 1860s photograph shows the Capitol dome under construction, with the Botanical Gardens and canal in foreground. In the 1860s, the Capitol dome was not yet complete. The city's canal system connected the Anacostia River to the Potomac by flowing west from the Anacostia along the Mall, emptying into the Potomac. The mucky, watery landscape added to the impression that the Mall was built on a swamp.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1860

Coverage

Original Format

Photographic print. Salted paper print

Physical Dimensions

23 x 29 cm.

Description

This 1860s photograph shows the Capitol dome under construction, with the Botanical Gardens and canal in foreground. In the 1860s, the Capitol dome was not yet complete. The city's canal system connected the Anacostia River to the Potomac by flowing west from the Anacostia along the Mall, emptying into the Potomac. The mucky, watery landscape added to the impression that the Mall was built on a swamp.

Date

1860

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.