Civilization of the Northwest
The allegorical story Civilization of the Northwest is told in four large murals above the third floor.
The American Genius—a young man—leaves home. He is held back by a figure representing Timidity, and other figures at his left typify those who will not leave home, but he starts forward to follow the beckoning of a figure representing Hope, who is accompanied by handmaidens. Minerva (Wisdom) stands at his shoulder, encouraging him. The background, with a glimpse of the sea, suggests the east, from which he turns his face, westward.