Obviously, our national library is not at Judiciary Square, but before we committed to building the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill, there were some other proposals evaluated. Below are two drawings of the proposed library to be built at Judiciary Square. These drawings were from between 1875 and 1879.

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plan for the proposed National Library at Judiciary Square
plan for the proposed National Library at Judiciary Square
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lateral section of the proposed National Library at Judiciary Square
lateral section of the proposed National Library at Judiciary Square

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.