Architectural Lantern Slides

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The University of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library holds a set of about 4,500 “lantern slides” produced by the French company G. Massiot & cie. The collection is undated, but the photographs appear to have been taken between approximately 1870 and 1914, primarily between 1890 and 1910. Lantern slides were most popular, and often sold as pedagogical sets, in the early decades of the 20th century.

European architecture, with approximately 2,900 of the photographs, is the primary focus of the collection. Most come from France (~1,000) and Italy (~800); other countries are represented, but in significantly lower numbers. Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas combined are pictured in fewer than 500 slides. The remaining ~1,200 photographs represent paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

In 2007, the slides were cleaned and transferred to archivally-sound storage boxes. A selection of about 2,700 were scanned as 4800 DPI TIFFs, and lower-resolution versions were loaded into a Flickr collection. An image cataloger was hired to prepare records for each.

Although detailed and modern images of many of these sites exist, the lantern slides present an historical look at the sites, including many bystanders and artifacts which were intentionally or unintentionally a part of the image. The Egyptian set includes images of workmen and bearers, in attire of the period and using tools of the time. Many European images include photographs of persons in attire of the period. Means of conveyance from ox- or horse-drawn wagon to automobiles and streetcars are in the background of some images. The lantern slides may therefore be of interest to a wider audience than architecture historians and students.

Arrangement: The slides are arranged into country-level sub-collections based on notes taken from the original lantern slides. Because these images were created during the late 19th and early 20th century, the names of these countries reflects the countries and occupied colonial territories of the time. Collections include information about the 2017 name of the country as well as older place names. Images themselves generally have more modern location data, often including latitude and longitude, included.

Creator

G. Massiot & cie

Curator

Marsha Stevenson

Subject

Architecture

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndalls/sets/72157605061425911/

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Ruins of the palace of the Bagratid kings of Ani, Armenia.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Ruins of the palace of the Bagratid kings of Ani, Armenia.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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    Public
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Ruins of the palace of the Bagratid kings of Ani, Armenia.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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    Public
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Villa Belvedere was built by Innocent VIII on the high ground overlooking old St Peter’s Basilica, in 1484. The villa is now obscured by a two-storey palace. There are two long wings that connect the Apostolic Palace with the Belvedere Palace. The Belvedere Palace was built as the Villa Belvedere and now accomodates part of the Vatican Museums’ collection.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The Apostolic Palace is the official residence of the pope, the head of the Catholic Church, located in Vatican City. Pope Sixtus V built most of the present form of the palace in the 16th century.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A palace situated along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It was built in the second half of the 15th Century by the Bembo family, The palace was renovated, modified and extended over the following centuries, finally taking on its current aspect in the 18th Century. The façade of Palazzo Pisani Moretta is an example of Venetian Gothic floral style.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy. The villa was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli) as a retreat from Rome for Roman Emperor Hadrian during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD. Hadrian is said to have disliked the palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome, leading to the construction of the retreat. Hadrian’s Villa is a vast area of land with many pools, baths, fountains and classical Greek and Roman architecture set in what would have been a mixture of …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A government building located in Paris, the seat of the French National Assembly. The Palace was originally built in 1722 for Louise Françoise de Bourbon as a country residence surrounded by gardens. In 1768 Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé built a neoclassical palace. After the Revolution, the Council of Five Hundred was given the Palais Bourbon when the palace was redesigned for government use.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Originally built (1615-1645) to be the royal residence of the the regent Marie de’ Medici, After the Revolution it was refashioned (1799-1805) into a legislative building. It was subsequently greatly enlarged and remodeled (1835-1856) and has been the seat of the Senate of the Fifth Republic since 1958.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A Renaissance palace in Rome, Italy. The palace was designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi in 1532-1536.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Image of the facade of the summer palace of the Dey of Algiers in Algiers, Algieria. The palace is an Ottoman era palace, completed in the 16th century.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Dar Hassan Pacha is an 18th-century palace located in the Casbah of Algiers, Algeria. It was built in 1791 and used to belong to Hassan III Pasha. After 1830, it became the winter residence of the Governor of Algiers, and as a consequence, it was completely remodelled in 1839, when the entrance was changed and a new façade was created.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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