Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My favorite staircase

I've tried to describe this staircase to a couple of people but a picture is worth a thousand words so here is the main staircase in the Library of Congress. Marble swags with 'putti' sitting holding a wine glass. Another 'putti' representing farmers. When looking at the Jefferson building click on the pictures to enlarge, (the wreaths above the stirs represent wisdom and the torches represent knowledge) unfortunately the picture on their website is of the same side of the staircase that I took pictures of; there is a matching staircase on the other side of the hall with more putti. Lovely.... Although dusting it might not be so fun. (Notice the bare lightbulbs, on the website, it was the first building in D.C. built with electric lights and they left them bare to 'show off' and they are still bare.)

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