Art: Monumental Dullness

With the trowel used by George Washington in laying the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building in 1793, Dwight Eisenhower last week spread the mortar for the cornerstone of the State Department's new $57.4 million, eight-story-tall, two-block-square headquarters in Washington. For the 8,000-odd staffers now crammed into State's Foggy Bottom headquarters or farmed out among 28 other office buildings, the prospect of at last being in one building by 1960 was welcome. But with an opportunity to build the largest structure in Washington (and second in size among federal buildings only to the...

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