A Monument to Shakespeare

The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Apr 13, 2019 – Jan 05, 2020
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily wanted to create a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. Capitol. This would be their gift to the American people, an architectural presence on Capitol Hill, and an anchor to the nation’s cultural mile. This exhibition shows how Henry, and after his death, his wife Emily, worked with architect Paul Philippe Cret to create a marble building that looks like a book, and speaks to the hope that Washington DC would become a cultural center.