Our next stop on Julie O’Connor’s Magical, Mystical, Masonic Photo Tour of Washington, DC brings us to Chapter 69.
The Architect of the Capitol, Warren Bellamy, has been blindfolded and driven a few blocks from the Library of Congress. He is led through a number of security doors and into a building where the air is warmer and more humid, “earthy and primal:”
Bellamy now realized where they were. My God! He came here often, although never through the service entrance. This magnificent glass building was only three hundred yards from the Capitol building and was technically part of the Capitol Complex. I run this place! Bellamy now realized it was his own key fob that was giving them access.
Although it only figured modestly in novel, the jungle was a prominent stop on Matt Lauer’s pre-book release tour of the sites that would feature in The Lost Symbol.
And, indeed, the space is extraordinary. Once inside, you really are transported into different worlds and climate zones.
Despite its proximity to the Capitol, tourists to DC rarely visit the US Botanic Gardens. But it is a beautiful, magical, and restorative visit for anyone pounding the pavement on the Lost Symbol route. (Click here for more stops on our Lost Symbol Photo Tour of DC.)