Panoramic View from top of Washington Monument

Panoramic View from top of Washington Monument

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Glass plate negative made by Walter J. Hussey, 1885-1910. White House as seen from the top of the Washington Monument.
A view of the White House flanked by the imposing State, War, and Navy and Treasury Buildings from the observation deck at the top of the Washington Monument. Note the White House Conservatory on the west side of the White House and the U-shaped building surrounded by trees with the entrance gate facing 17th Street, NW just south of the State, War, and Navy Building (now the Eisenhower Executive Office Building). This is the last White House stable built in 1871 for President Ulysses Grant. Taken in December 1889.
The collection in the Photographic History Collection consists of over two hundred glass plate negatives made by Walter J. Hussey (1865-1959). These glass plate negatives consist of daily life in and around Mount Pleasant, Ohio, Mr. Hussey's friends and family, studio portraits, his trips to the Washington, D.C. area, and Florida.
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Object Name
glass negative
glass plate negative
date made
Hussey, Walter J.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 8 in; 12.7 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift from Richard S. Hussey
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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A feature article, titled “The White House in 1889, The Discovery of Walter Hussey’s Glass-Plate Negatives”, published in the award-winning journal, the White House History Quarterly, Number 58:18-33, profiles Walter J. Hussey and his photography. The WHHQ is published by the White House Historical Association ( This article includes two large detailed pictures of the above image.

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