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"Congressional Library Building, view of Great Hall,” Smithmeyer and Pelz, architects, ink on paper, 1888

Designed in the Italian Renaissance style by the Washington, D.C., firm of Smithmeyer and Pelz, the new congressional library included a grand entrance hall, richly decorated galleries, a domed reading room and ample space for books, maps, music, graphic arts, and other collections. It immediately became an acclaimed Washington attraction.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress