Old Naval Observatory

23rd and E Sts., NW, Washington, District of Columbia

Photos 

MAIN FACADE

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

Map 

Description 

One of the federal government's earliest and most important scientific ventures. First superintendent of the observatory, Matthew F. Maury, gained international fame for his oceanographic and astronomical research. Observatory moved to present location on Massachusetts Avenue in 1880's. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-341)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000864
Areas of significance
Military; Science
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Naval facility; Research facility
Current function
Naval facility
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1843; 1893

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER