Lindy Claiborne Boggs
A portrait of Lindy Boggs currently hangs in the foyer of the reading room. It includes a small replica of the Car of History clock, to show her deep love of history. The 1819 original is located just outside the Boggs room, in the old Hall of the House (now Statuary Hall). This interest led her to chair the Commission of the United States House of Representatives Bicentenary.
John Quincy Adams
A year after Adams’s death, the House acquired a commemorative bust by John Crookshanks King. A plaque beneath the bust bears the following inscription, said to have been written by Charles Sumner:
“John Quincy Adams who, after fifty years of public service, the last sixteen in yonder Hall, was summoned thence to die in this room, 23 February 1848.”
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
The 1860s Rococo Revival mirror over the mantel of the main room came to the room in 1962, when the Congresswomen signed a discharge petition to have it moved from their previous lounge space. The petition stated the the mirror was “especially meaningful,” and that “no other mirror would be appropriate in our new rooms.”
Image courtesy of the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives
This sinuous recamier sofa was made for Benjamin Latrobe, the architect who rebuilt the Capitol after it was torched by the British in 1814. Conservation revealed that the cabinetmaker was a master of the craft, finding skillful details such as the walnut veneer’s grain echoing the swooping curves of the sofa.
John Quincy Adams Box Sofa
Also referred to as the Adams sofa, this sturdy piece has been in the Capitol since the 1840s. The colloquial name derives from its role in John Quincy Adams’s death in 1848. Adams suffered a stroke while at his desk on the House Floor. He was laid on this sofa in the adjacent Speaker’s office (now the Lindy Boggs Congressional Women’s Reading Room), where he died soon thereafter.