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The Smithsonian Castle and The Seneca Quarry (Paperback)

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    British scientist James Smithson left a fortune to the country he soadmired but had never visited. His gift founded the Smithsonian Institution andbuilt the Smithsonian Castle. Today, the castle’s distinct Romanesque façadeglows warmly agains......more

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British scientist James Smithson left a fortune to the country he soadmired but had never visited. His gift founded the Smithsonian Institution andbuilt the Smithsonian Castle. Today, the castle’s distinct Romanesque façadeglows warmly against the cool marble that dominates the National Mall. Yet thestory of the stones is just as remarkable as that of the building that theygrace. It was a boom-bust ride for the Seneca Quarry—the source of the redsandstone. The quarry saw its first developer die, filed for bankruptcy twice,suffered through floods and contributed to a national scandal that embarrassedthe Grant presidency and helped bring down the Freedman’s Bank. This is theuntold history of the quarry owners and emancipated slaves who toiled there andthe many people who work to this day to save Seneca. Join author Garrett Peckas he traces the unlikely story of the Smithsonian Castle and the SenecaQuarry.

Author:
Peck, Garrett
Genre:
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
141
Language:
English
Publisher:
History Pr
Publish Date:
02/12/2013
Copyright Year:
2013
ISBN:
9781609499297
Height:
5.25 in
Wdth:
7.75 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.6 lb
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