Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin 1858 - New York City, New York, United States 1927
Female holding a torch of electric light
Photo credit: ph. Wikimedia/Andreas Praefcke
- Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
- Library's website, https://www.loc.gov/visit/tours/online-tours/thomas-jefferson-building/great-hall, 1 March 2016
- Libray's website, 1 March 2016:
The importance of America's contributions to science and, in particular, Benjamin Franklin (1705-1790) as the discoverer of electricity, is celebrated throughout the Jefferson Building. When the building was completed in 1897, the United States was eager to celebrate many American inventions made practicable by scientific advances relating to electricity. These include the telegraph, the telephone, electrical motors and lighting devices, and the elevator. Throughout the building the bare light bulbs with visible filaments celebrate this American invention and point to its importance to the building.