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Patent Office: 1918

Patent Office: 1918

"Interior, Patent Office," circa 1918. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

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Arcade

The inside hallway reminds me of the old turn of the century Arcades that were built in Cinncinati and other parts of the midwest and east. They provide cover and shopping during the harsh winters and hot summers. I think today's suburban mall will never be able to produce something as beautiful and socially gratifying as this and these.

A recent look ...

... down this same hallway:

A Question for Dave

Dave, is this building still with us? Or has it been lost to progress also? Thanks!

[The Smithsonian Institution took over the building in the 1960s. It's now home to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. It reopened in 2006 after a six-year, $250 million renovation.- Dave]


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Desks with a view

Look along the "Juliet" balconies and notice that two lucky folks have desks on balconies. Who needs a window when you look out over that grand arcade (and have your back to the mess on the shelves on the second floor).

What a nightmare!

All that paper! I wonder how long it took to catalog that mess.

Nice Touch

Splendid space, wonderful proportions; especially like the "Juliet" balconies at the second floor level around the columns. A nice touch!

2nd Floor Chaos

Speaking as a former file clerk, that 2nd floor filing system is horrendous! What a mess! The third floor is a breath of fresh air. All nice, neat, and orderly.

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