Until 1897 the Library of Congress was located in the Capitol and was one of the most popular rooms in the building. People came to browse through the book alcoves, study portraits of notable Americans, or admire the views of the Potomac River and the Virginia countryside beyond. The room was designed by Charles Bulfinch, finished in 1824, and destroyed by fire in 1851.
I.N. Phelps Stokes Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library, Astor Lenox and Tilden Foundations