The value of the merged collections is dynamically illustrated by the reunion of William Thornton’s legendary 1790s “Tortola Scheme” design drawings for the U.S. Capitol—two from the AIA/AAF Collection joining the two already at the Library of Congress.
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The two AIA/AAF “Tortola” drawings will be on view sequentially in the National Building Museum’s upcoming exhibition “Unbuilt Washington,” which opens on November 19. Likewise, priceless Statue of Liberty design drawings by Hunt and Gustave Eiffel will join the treasured Statue of Liberty materials already at the Library. C.