Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library
on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It has the
world's largest collection of the printed works of William
Shakespeare, and is a primary repository for rare materials from the
early modern period (1500–1750). The library was established by Henry
Clay Folger in association with his wife, Emily Jordan Folger. It
opened in 1932, two years after his death.
The main Folger building was designed by architect Paul Philippe
Cret. The white marble exterior includes nine street-level bas-reliefs
of scenes from Shakespeare's plays created by the sculptor John
Gregory, an aluminum replica of a statue of Puck by Brenda Putnam, as
well as many inscriptions personally selected by Henry Folger. The
large Art Deco window and door grilles are aluminum.
Photo 109, Nov 2011