|The clock tower in this drawing was inspired by the Old Post Office, says N.|
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. N.'s long-term passion for old buildings began with cathedrals, although his interests have since branched out to many other kinds of buildings, so I was interested to see what he thought of this neo-Byzantine behemoth, so different from the neo-Gothic National Cathedral which we visited several years ago. He spent a long time going over what seemed like every inch of it, looking at one Marian side chapel after another. When queried afterwards, he said his favorite parts were the 1920s Crypt Church and the tower. He didn't much like the actual architecture of the rest of the building but he loved the elaborate art and decoration throughout, including what he called "the Greek God-Jesus" mosiac that dominates the apse ceiling.
|N.'s favorite of the buildings he saw on the Catholic University campus, right behind the Basilica.|