Underwood & Underwood photo stereoview of late 1800s early - 1900s New York landmark Castle Garden. Located in Battery Park at the lower tip of Manhattan, Castle Garden was the 19th century entry center for 8-million immigrants arriving in this country. This image dates sometime between 1894, when it first became the NYC Aquarium, and 1920, when Underwood sold its stereo view negatives to Keystone.
Originally the Southwest Battery was built as a fort on the tip of Manhattan Island from 1808 to 1811 to defend New York Harbor during the War of 1812. In 1817, it was renamed Castle Clinton in honor of NYC Mayor, De Witt Clinton. Deeded to the City in 1823, a restaurant and entertainment center was added in 1824 & again re-named Castle Garden. In the 1840s a roof was added and it served as a opera house and theater until1855. From 1855 to 1890 it served as the principal immigrant landing depot for European immigrants entering the United States. From 1896 to 1941 it served as the New York City Aquarium. It now serves as a visitor information center for New York's National Parks and Monuments.
Back contains a lengthy historical and descriptive text on both Castle Garden and New York harbor. This view #91-5285 was published by Underwood, located in Arlington New York and Westwood, New York. The copyright is undated.
INTERESTING SIDE NOTE: You may have recently seen a nearly identical SV on our site published by Keystone Underwood. In fact, in this view the larger steam ship has moved from behind Castle Garden in the Keystone view to slightly to the right in the Underwood view. Likely these were both taken moments apart, and likely by the same photographer.
PHOTO NOTE: The actual photo images are in excellent condition – exceptionally clean, crisp and sharp. Curved cards do not always scan or photo well. The close-up view is sharper than the gallery view, and the actual images viewed through a stereo viewer are EVEN MORE sharp than they appear in the scanned images.
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