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The Willard Lobby,
ca. 1904

Willard Hotel
Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952)
Willard Hotel [Lobby viewed from balcony],
ca. 1904
Gelatin silver print
Prints & Photographs Division
Gift/purchase from the Frances Benjamin Johnston estate, 1953 (243)
Digital ID# ppmsca-11571

This image by Frances Benjamin Johnston documents the lobby of the then newly opened Willard Hotel. Johnston, a pioneering American photojournalist, turned her full attention to garden and architectural photography shortly after this photograph was made. Johnston's Willard photographs were instrumental in providing essential detail for the restoration of the hotel's interior, including for replicating the lobby's original lighting fixtures. Johnston's entire photographic archive and personal papers are in the collections of the Library of Congress.

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