- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Scala Arts Publishers Inc. (August 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857593855
- ISBN-13: 978-1857593853
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark Paperback – August 9, 2006
Top Customer Reviews
This book details both the early history of the U.S. Patent Office and the building that would house it for almost a century. It is the story of a building conceived out of grand ideals, and which formed the center of a long and bitter personal feud. In addition to housing the Patent Office, it has also housed a number of other government agencies, and was home to the first of Washington's many museums.
Its a shame that this book is so brief, as it would be interesting to explore many aspects of the life of this building in more depth. In particular, its role as a barracks and hospital during the Civil War are covered in just three pages, which hardly seems to do justice to this period. The book does a good job of providing an overview of the building's history, but more detail would have been appreciated.