Proposed 1873 Design for Library of Congress

This is what the Library of Congress could have looked like if Leon Beaver’s design from 1873 was selected.

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1873 proposed design for the Library of Congress by Leon Beaver
1873 proposed design for the Library of Congress by Leon Beaver

Here’s a second rendering of the building with some perspective.

proposed Library of Congress design
proposed Library of Congress design

Check out a few more of his drawings here.

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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.

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