THE CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY, WASHINGTON.
The Congressional library at Washington, D. C., is claimed as the largest, costliest, and most beautiful building of its kind in the world, and one of the most secure against fire, so far as its contents are concerned.
It was begun in 1887 and finished in February, 1897. Exelusive of the approaches it contains about 350,000 cubic feet of granite, the whole of which was quarried in Concord, N. H. The stone is a close-grained variety, so even and light in tone that, when the sun is shining upon it, the effect is almost as brilliant as if a white marble had been used. The illustrations accompanying this article represent the west front and north side of the library, the west front looking south, and the details of the main entrance, showing the bronze doors, carving, and sculpture on the six spandrels. It is needless to state that whatever precautions against liie can be takt n are in use throughout and round the building, inside and out.