From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleUnited States Patent Office, general view.
About this objectC. M. Bell Studios operated in Washington ca. 1860-1910, with photographer C. M. Bell running the studio until his death in 1893. Depicted is the United States Patent Office (The Department of the Interior) resides between 7th and 9th street on the west, and to the north between F and G street. The photo is from a group of thirty-four views of buildings in Washington D.C. The grand architectural style of the structure is Doric. In 1837 the beautiful edifice was constructed by architect Robert Mills, (Aug. 12, 1781- March 3, 1855). The structure was built using Acquia free stone and was painted white. There were additions added to the structure beginning in 1849 and finished in 1864, with Maryland white marble on the exterior, and granite on the interior quadrangle.
Place MadeWashington, D.C.
Date Madeca. 1900
Medium and Materialsgelatin silver print, mounted on board
Inscription and Marksverso: [ink] United States Patent Office. General View.verso: [printed label] The label describes the history of the Patent Office.verso: [printed label] U. S. Patent Office, Photographed and Published by C. M. Bell. Penn. Ave. Washington, D. C. verso: [pencil] 14verso:[pencil] 76:003:22
Measurementsimage: 16.2 cm x 22.7 cm
overall: 20 cm x 25.2 cm
Subject and Association Keywords1900’s
Subject and Association KeywordsBell, C.M.
Subject and Association Keywordsgelatin silver
Subject and Association KeywordsWashington D.C.
Subject and Association KeywordsUnited States Post Office Department
Credit LinePurchase from Charles Wood