The Great Reading Room at the British Museum opens to the public
The magnificent new reading room at the center of the main building of the British Museum in London opens to the public. It has cost 150,000 pounds, has a diameter of 140 feet, and incorporates a 106 foot dome that steers noise upwards. Designed by Sydney Smirke and Antonio Panizzi, it can house 300 readers at a time. (By John Osborne)
Benjamin Vincent, Haydn's Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information Relating to all Ages and Nations (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1906), 200.