Archive for June, 2015

Two Centuries, Two Halls, Two Ceilings

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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Here are photographs I took this month of the interiors of two notable buildings in Washington, DC — the grand halls and ceilings of the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building (Great Hall, 1897) and the U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters (Jacqueline and Marc Leland Atrium, 2011).

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View from the floor of the Great Hall, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building

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Six large skylights above the Great Hall, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building

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Ceiling decoration of the Great Hall,  Library of Congress, Jefferson Building

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View from the Great Hall’s second floor west corridor, June 15, 2015

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U.S. Institute of Peace, Leland Atrium (one critic disparaged its “lazy glass wing dangling rather drunkenly over the main atrium.”)

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The space, regimented with chairs, can be chilling.

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Yet there’s no denying the ceiling is intriguing.

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