CDV of Howard University's first building, "Old Main." Gardner: Washington, DC, n.d., circa 1870. This image shows the university's inaugural building as viewed from the southeast, with General Oliver Otis Howard's home just visible in the background to the left. Designed by Henry R. Searle Jr. of Rochester, New York, the building combined both Gothic and Second Empire architectural styles and held thirty-six rooms in total. The building was later taken down in order to make room for Founders Library.
Stereoview featuring a large crowd of people outside in front of "Old Main." C.W. Woodward: Rochester, New York, n.d., circa late 19th century. Publisher's imprint on mount. Captioned beneath image: "1482. Howard University." A large crowd of African American students gathers on the lawn outside the main building and atop one of the structure's balconies. Other examples published by the Union View Company and J.W. and J.S. Moulton.
CDV with applied paper labels to verso with penciled inscriptions: "University for Freedom" and "Institute W. D.C." Also with penciled inventory/collection numbers/codes directly on verso.
Stereoview with occasional spotting, a few ink spots in lower left corner, and slight curling (as is common with stereoviews), verso sunned with spotting. Verso with various pencil inscriptions.
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