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Interview with Adam Goodheart, Author of "Back to the Future"

The author talks about what makes the newly renovated Patent Office Building special.

How did you approach writing the article?

I really tried to write a biography of the building, as if the building had had a life of its own, and had a personality and adventures—ups and downs in much the way that a person does. But because of its importance and because it's so old it's had a much richer life than many people. I looked for moments from that history, in particularly details—I love a sense of physical details. For example, the roast pheasants being trodden underfoot at Lincoln's inaugural ball, or the architect of the building, Mills, being called an idiot by the workmen. Those little details just brought the history alive for me.

About Amy Crawford
Amy Crawford

Amy Crawford is a Boston-based freelance journalist writing about government, education and ideas. Her writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Slate, Boston Magazine and the Boston Globe.

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