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Washington. West Facade, Library of Congress.
  • William Henry Jackson, artist
    1843–1942
    born: Keesville, New York, United States ; died: New York, New York, United States
    Detroit Photographic Company, publisher
    active 1897–1924
  • Washington. West Facade, Library of Congress., 1898
  • Where object was made: Washington, DC, United States
  • photochrom
  • Object Height/Width: 17.39 x 22.69 cm
    Object Height/Width: 6 7/8 x 8 15/16 in
  • Gift of David J. and Rita Sloan Gottlieb
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0375
Description

West façade of a four story Beaux Arts Classical building (the Library of Congress), seen at an angle. A monumental split stair rises in multiple flights to the main entrance. The granite exterior is heavily rusticated and vermiculated at the lowest level but grows finer and smoother as the walls rise. Paired Corinthian columns adorn the central portico. At the building's pinnacle, seen in the distance at upper left, the "Flame of Knowledge" is gold leafed. Men and women walk along the sidewalk before the stairway.