This is the dome on top of the Library of Congress, right across the street from the Capitol Building.
The Library was originally set up in the Capitol, and was destroyed when the British burned the building in 1814. To get things going again, Thomas Jefferson sold 6.487 books from his personal library to Congress.
A new building was authorized by Congress, designed by two Washington Architects, John Smithmeyer and Paul Pelz. The doors opened on November 1, 1897.
I took this with my new Nikon Coolpix P500 on a cold, crisp and clear January morning. I'm starting to take advantage of such days, when the capital provides wonderful photo ops!
If you are planning a move to or from the Washington, DC area, I can help! I am licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. You may call, email or text me at: