Terra Cotta

National Archives Building

The National Archives Building has very Asiatic lion heads accenting the roof line.  There are also some griffins in the frieze over the Constitution Ave entrance.  My favorite part of this building’s story is that the location was changed twice before construction only to place it at one of the worst locations for an actual archive.  According to the archives web site.  “One of the first issues builders confronted was how to protect the foundation from possible flooding from the Old Tiber Creek bed, which runs under the National Archives Building. Contractors drove 8,575 piles into the unstable soil before constructing a huge concrete bowl as a foundation."