The Librarian's Room
Grecian Female Figures
Surrounding the ceiling painting of Letters is plaster
ornamentation in low relief by Albert Weinert. There are two slightly
different alternating Grecian female figures holding a garland. Below
them are square panels in which there is an open book. These, in turn,
alternate with ovals, each containing an octagonal panel with an owl.
Between each Grecian figure is a palm branch with a hexagonal panel above.
These panels contain the lamp of learning. The open book, owl, and lamp
symbols, used throughout the Jefferson Building, represent wisdom and
learning. The dome also features decorative urns, fluttering ribbons,
and bay leaf swags.
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April 23, 2003