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Anyone interested in 19th century American observatories might enjoy a 26-page article by Elias Loomis with a considerable number of contemporary illustrations of both the buildings and the telescopes. It was published (pages 25-52) in Harper's Magazine, volume XIII for June-November 1856. I've never associated Harper's Magazine with much of interest to astronomy, and wouldn't have thought to look here - but it is very interesting! It's available for download at https://books.google.com/books?id=aG8CAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA46