The National Research Council is marking its centennial this year, and as part of Doors Open, what is rightly described as the Temple of Science was open for visitors. The building is in the Beaux-Arts style, designed and built not just as a place of scientific research, but as a work of art in its own right. It was completed in 1932, and designed by architect Henry Sproatt. While I didn't go on a tour, I did go on in. The central stairs really caught my eye.