The Thomas Jefferson Building: A Virtual Tour of the Library of Congress

The Members of Congress Room
Wall Light

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This light, one of 16 on the room's walls, combines the torch and classical wreath design. The Jefferson Building is surmounted by the torch of learning and variations on this theme are found throughout the building's interior. The tulip-shaped shades on the fixtures were not on the original lights. The Thomas Jefferson Building was the first public building constructed with electrical wiring in the city of Washington, and the light bulbs were proudly displayed without decorative shades.

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