The Library of Congress architecture design The Library of Congress architecture design
The Library of Congress The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building Architecture Thomas Jefferson Building Architecture
The Library of Congress art The Library of Congress art

Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, West Main Building Sprinkler System Upgrade

Washington, DC

The Thomas Jefferson Building opened in 1897 to house the Library of Congress. The grand design of the building was based on the Paris Opera House and ranks among America’s greatest architectural achievements. This national historic landmark underwent renovations to install a fire safety system in addition to a restoration of the historic oil-on-canvas lunette murals and mosaic tile ceilings. With a focus on conservation, TLP gently illuminated these works of art for public viewing. The lighting was concealed into cornices that also carry sprinkler pipes and cabling. Dimming controls and adjustable aiming allow for customizeable focus and brightness on each lunette and ceiling arch.

IES Illumination Awards: Award of Merit, 2016
IES Philadelphia Section: Certificate of Merit, 2016


Office of the Architect of the Capitol



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