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Earlham College Observatory, National Road, Richmond, Wayne County, IN



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B&W Photos

HB462169
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E

HB462170
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E

HB462171
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E


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Item Title


Location
National Road, Richmond, IN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS IN-113
Building/structure dates: 1861 initial construction
Significance: Earlham Observatory, erected 1861, is a plain, strictly utilitarian building, specifically designed to house a telescope. The scope was built in 1856 by R.B. Rutherford, pioneer American astronomer. While the structure has no outstanding architectural features other than the copper sheathed dome and the instruments, the only other observatory comparable to Earlham's in the Midwest is owned by Western Reserve University in Hudson, Ohio, dating from the 1830's. The Earlham Observatory represents an historical scientific site which is associated with a distinctive educational institution.

Related Names
Rutherford, R. B.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer January 1975 GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer January 1975 VIEW OF TRANSIT TELESCOPE ON STONE PIER
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer January 1975 VIEW OF DOME OVER TELESCOPE


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