West Point Library and Science Building
West Point Library and Science Building
By Robert Mills, 1839
Ink and wash on paper
20" x 16"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers

Robert Mills's West Point
In 1839 Robert Mills designed the Library and Science Building for the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Completed in 1841, the east wing housed the academy's library and the west wing the superintendent's office. The academy's observatory instruments occupied the center dome until 1881 when a new observatory was built. Known for his Neoclassical architecture, Mills occasionally worked in the medieval style seen here. His rejected 1841 design for the Smithsonian Institution resembled this design for West Point and had a similarly shaped dome.

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