Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Friday Fotos: The Library of Congress

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!


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Comment balloon 16 commentsPatricia Kennedy • January 13 2012 10:13AM


Pat - what a stunning photo of the dome of the Library of Congress. I use a Nikon D5000 and love it. I don't know much about the Nikon Coolpix P500, except it takes great photos - the detail and clarity are amazing. Love the old architecture - they don't make um like they used to! 

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 9 years ago
I love this post. My Garndmother spent many hours here doing research.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 9 years ago
This is a great post. It reminds me of my Grandmother. She did lots of genealogy research in this building.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 9 years ago

Good morning Patricia,

Great photo, and a wonderful history commentary - thank you!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 9 years ago

When I lived in DC I did some research there.  What a huge place.  Oh, and do you mean 1914?  Seems like TJ lived a bit before that and I thought we were friends w/ the British then.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 9 years ago

What an awesome photo and a great summary of the history!!! You always make me want to jump on a plane and go to D.C. everytime I look at your pictures.. Some day I actually will... I will be calling you :)

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Patricia-Isn't the craftsmanship amazing. We have tools and technology that are so important to design and implementing the building process today. But when these building were originally built, it was hands and hand tools. Those guys were good.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for your comments!  And yeah.  They don't build them like this any more.  The only recent building where I've seen a lot of this type of detail is the National Cathedral. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I travel to and through D.C. all the time, but I never tire of seeing the beautiful sights.  Thank you for sharing your D.C. photos with us all.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 9 years ago


When your in Washington DC The Library of Congress is a must see.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 9 years ago

The INSIDE of this building is the most amazing thing in the world!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great light and detail on this one Pat. I need to take my camera downtown for a walk. When it is warmer :-)

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 9 years ago

That is quite the place to be.  What reverence it invites!  And, unfortunately, 2/3rds of the books Jefferson sold were burned a couple of years later in a fire in the library.  That's the kind of thing that happens when your light source is a bunch of candles.  But there are still many that remain from his collection.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago


I love your photo journey around DC. There is such wonderful architecture there, and seeing your photos always reminds me in a very pleasnant way of living in the area years ago. I look forward again to my visit this May for NAR.CRS.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 9 years ago


Beautiful architecture. You have an eye for ornate details

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 9 years ago

Hi Pat, I attended many Congressional Receptions over the years near the top of this building and I can't say that I ever noticed this beautiful dome.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 9 years ago