about the Capitol
there was a contest for who would build the Capitol.
Thornton won the contest.
Dr. William Thornton
a talented amateur architect, and his design was a Palladian design that
presented a central shallow domed rotunda.
part is in the north wing of the building, and the House of Representatives
is in the south wing of the building.
is a beautiful picture inside the rotunda.
George Washington laid the first cornerstone in 1793, but the construction
of the Capitol went along very slowly.
of the architects were Stephen Hallet, George Hadfield and James Hoban.
Hoban was the architect of the White House and completed the Senate wing
in 1800. Benjamin Latrobe, a major architect of his time, took over
in 1803. He had the Senate wing renovated, and he finished the House
wing by 1811.
the British troops destroyed the Capitol.
Latrobe started to rebuild the Capitol the following year. A British
architect called Charles Bulfinch succeeded him.
Benjamin Henry Latrobe
out more about the architects of the Capitol.
finished the Capitol in 1818, he had not destroyed Latrobe's original plan.
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