The Capitol

The United States Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and important buildings in the world.  It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries.  Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American People and their government.  The Capitol is a fine example of 19th-century neo-classical architecture.

The original design was by a physician, Dr. William Thornton and the cornerstone was laid by President George Washington on September 18, 1793.  Work progressed under numerous architects through the years, but the Capitol was given its present appearance by Thomas U. Walter, who finished the north and south wings in the 1850s and the cast-iron dome in 1863. 


Capitol Dome Liberty Dome
Rotunda Center Tiles Chandelier Signing
Suffragists Ceiling Balcony View Frieze
Speaker's Chandelier Speaker's Balcony Speaker's Office Old Senate Chamber
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