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Pic of the Week: Temple of Knowledge

John Adams Building at Night, South Side (11/27/2013).

With the end of Daylight Savings Time my walk home after work is in the dark. During one of these walks I was captivated by the beauty of the John Adams Building all aglow with its outdoor lights and had to capture it with a photograph, well actually my iPhone.

I like to refer to the John Adams Building as a Temple of Knowledge.  As you can see by this picture it resembles a structure from ancient times (replace the electric lights with oil lamps). In fact, the architecture of the Adams Building is modeled after a ziggurat with its receding levels and flat roof. Check out  Theodor Horydczak’s photograph of the Adams Building (Annex) taken from the roof of the Jefferson Building which shows the ziggurat influenced design.


Pics of the Week: Sequoyah

We have visited the topic of the images on the bronze doors of the Adams Building in several posts – Itzamna, Quetzalcoatl, and Brahma.  Today’s post  celebrates Native American Heritage Month by featuring two pictures from the Adams Building. One image is of Sequoyah from the building’s bronze doors done by Lee Lawrie, the other […]

Veterans History Project: Illuminating the Future by Sharing the Past

Today’s post is by Veterans History Project (VHP) Liaison Specialist Lisa A. Taylor who works in the John Adams Building. With the Project since 2009, Lisa is on the team responsible for program communication and coordination. Among other duties, she writes and edits materials for publication and works with local and national organizations and Congressional […]