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

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John Y. Cole, John Young Cole, Henry Hope Reed, Herbert Small
W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - 320 páginas
Arguably the most beautifully decorated building in the United States, the Library of Congress building (now known as the Jefferson Building) reached its 100th anniversary in 1997 after an eighty million dollar restoration that returned it to its original state. At the turn of the century, Herbert Small, a newspaperman, wrote a guide to the building and its decoration. His text, edited by Henry Hope Reed, is reproduced here. It is preceded by introductory essays by historian and Librarian of Congress Emeritus Daniel J. Boorstin and noted writer Brendan Gill. The planning and construction of the building are detailed in John Y. Cole's essay, followed by an essay on the building as a work of art by Pierce Rice, and discussions of the decorations, paintings, and sculptures by Henry Hope Reed, Richard Murray, and Thomas P. Somma. The volume concludes with a photo essay on the restoration by Barbara Wolanin; a color "schema" of the building; 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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Contenido

The Library of Congress Building
8
Editors Introduction
80
FOREWORD
88
The North CorridorGreat Hall
98
The Lobbies of the Main Reading Room
104
The South Corridor
110
The Jefferson Congressional Reading Room
116
The SecondFloor Corridors
138
Elmer Ellsworth Garnsey
183
Critical Assessment
190
American Murals Prior to the Library
196
The Subjects
205
Contemporary Issues
216
Progress and Evolution
222
APPENDIX
275
The Commissions 233
288

The North Corridor
145
A Separate Library Building
153
A National Monument
159
The Northwest Pavilion the North Gallery
166
THE DECORATORS
173
Completion and Placement of the Sculpture
296
Aesthetic Evaluation of the Program
303
Index
314
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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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