The U.S. Patent Office, circa 1869

Summary

In 1836, the U. S. Congress authorized the building of a new patent office. The white marble neoclassical building, located in the center of Washington, D.C., was to be a general repository of American inventions and improvements in machinery and manufactures. During the Civil War, the three-story building served as a makeshift hospital and as site of President Abraham Lincoln's second Inaugural Ball.

In 1836, the U. S. Congress authorized the building of a new patent office. The white marble neoclassical building, located in the center of Washington, D.C., was to be a general repository of American inventions and improvements in machinery and manufactures. During the Civil War, the three-story building served as a makeshift hospital and as site of President Abraham Lincoln's second Inaugural Ball.

Artifact

Stereograph

Date Made

circa 1869

Creators

Bell & Bro. (Washington, D.C.) 

Place of Creation

United States, District of Columbia, Washington 

Creator Notes

Photographed and published by Bell & Bro., 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2015.0.4.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Photographic processes

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.438 in

Width: 7 in

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