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

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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