Library of Congress: The Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building

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A handsomely illustrated tribute to the Library of Congress building, published to coincide with its one hundredth anniversary.
Arguably the most beautifully decorated building in the United States, the Library of Congress building (recently renamed the Jefferson Building) is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary this year after an eighty million dollar restoration that returned it to its original state. Designed by John L. Smithmeyer and completed in 1897 at a cost of under...

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Overview

A handsomely illustrated tribute to the Library of Congress building, published to coincide with its one hundredth anniversary.
Arguably the most beautifully decorated building in the United States, the Library of Congress building (recently renamed the Jefferson Building) is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary this year after an eighty million dollar restoration that returned it to its original state. Designed by John L. Smithmeyer and completed in 1897 at a cost of under seven million dollars, the building is enhanced by the art of over forty sculptors and painters whose ranks include such notables as Herbert Adams, Kenyon Cox, Edward Clark Potter, Louis Saint-Gaudens, and John Quincy Adams Ward. The planning and construction are detailed in John Y. Cole's essay, followed by discussions by Henry Hope Reed, Richard Murray, and Thomas P. Somma of the decorations, paintings, and sculptures. The volume concludes with a study of the restoration by Barbara Wolanin, a chronology, a glossary of architectural and decorative terms, and a biographical dictionary of all the artists, architects, and designers who worked on the building. Throughout, noted photographer Anne Day's color images enhance this splendid book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393045635
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Library of Congress Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,004,099
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Y. Cole is a librarian, historian, and director of The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Henry Hope Reed is founder and president of Classical America and is the author of numerous books, including The Golden City and The New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Library of Congress Building - A Continuing Inspiration 8
Foreword 10
Editors' Acknowledgments 12
Contributors 13
The Architect's Fourth Dimension 15
The Thomas Jefferson Building 21
Struggle for a Structure: Ainsworth Rand Spofford and a New Building for the Library of Congress 31
Souvenirs of the Opening of the Library of Congress Building 65
The Thomas Jefferson Building as a Work of Art 73
Handbook of the New Library of Congress 79
The Decorators 173
Painted Words: Murals in the Library of Congress 193
The Sculptural Program for the Library of Congress 227
Restoration and Renovation 253
Appendix 275
Schematic Diagram of the Thomas Jefferson Building 276
Floor plan of the Thomas Jefferson Building 278
Architectural Features of the Thomas Jefferson Building 279
Illustrated Glossary of Architectural and Decorative Terms 288
Biographical Dictionary 296
Jefferson Building Chronology and Statistics 303
For Further Study and Reading 304
Endnotes 306
Index 314
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