Andersen, Hendrick Christian [Hrsg.]; Hébrard, Ernest M. [Hrsg.]
Creation of a world centre of communication — Paris, 1913

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is evident to what extent such a library, collecting, cataloguing and sup-
plying information concerning all works achieved in every nation, and indica-
ting the exact location of all rare manuscripts and editions, would lighten the
work of research. With an immense economy of effort, it would render the
knowledge of the world accessible to all workers in all countries.

The incalculable value of the work to be achieved in unison, prompted
the placing of an International Reference Library in immediate communica-
tion with the palaces of Science, Religion and Justice, the Tower of Pro-
gress and the Institutes of Higher Learning.


These large structures form the last of the imposing palaces which sur-
round the Tower of Progress. Their principal entrances face one another on
either side of the large avenue leading to the city. Seen from the foot of
the Tower they will appear as a pylon, framing the entrance of the vast Con-
gress Square. These two buildings, though like the Court of Justice and the
Temple of Religions they are to some degree similar to one another in general
plan and in elevation, are technically divided and spaced to meet the diffe-
rent requirements they were conceived to answer.

Both Bank and Library are surmounted by a dome vertically bisected, the
parts of which, symmetrically placed opposite one another, cover the chief room
in each building : — a vast semicircular hall which is, in one, the Exchange,
in the other the Distributing-room. To right and left are galleries and spa-
cious offices, opening into courtyards which give abundant light and air to
the various administrative offices. There is also in each an ample conference
hall for international gatherings, and in the two buildings respectively, great
safe-deposit vaults and fire-proof store-rooms.


Towers and spires have throughout time with silent dignity marked the
progress of humanity. They have denoted the pride and ambitions of peoples
in all epochs, their strength and their faith, their hopes and their religion.
The higher men conceived the obelisk, the minaret, the tower and the dome,
the more magnificent were the results. Spires, domes and towers represent
a human appeal, and typify humanity reaching upward from its earthly toil
and strife towards a higher goal.

As we read the sacred scriptures, we find a record of human endeavour
so colossal in its conception that it invigorates the imagination, and this pre-
cious record of men striving to build a city and a tower whose top may

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