National Geographic : 1915 Mar
THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSING THE CONGRESS Situated as an island in the center of the House wing of the Capitol, with no window openingtothe outside world except thebeautiful skylight which constitutes its ceiling, the hall of the House of Representatives is one of the most impressive oflegislative chambers, aswell as the largest, in existence. Beneath its galleries are the cloak-rooms. To the rear of the Sneaker's desk isthemembers' lobby, and above itthe press gallery, from whence the world gets its news, by direct wires, of the doings of the House. Formerly each Representative had aseparate desk and chair but the growth of the House, through the expansion of population, has forced the installation ofbenches.