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West Rotunda, restored in 1987. Extensive research was conducted to
determine the colors of the stained glass that disappeared during the
1950s. (Walter Smalling, Jr.)
The remaining north, west, and center wings were constructed for the War
Department and took an additional 10 years to build. Notable interiors
include an ornate cast-iron library, the Secretary's suite, and the
stained glass skylight over the west wing's double staircase.
The Executive Office of the President Law Library was originally the
War Department Library. This room mixes motifs derived from several
architectural styles and, although it looks like a mixture of
different metals, is composed entirely of cast iron. (Walter