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Architect Thornton-Latrobe-Bulfinch
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Location Washington, D.C.,   map
Date 1793 to 1830   timeline
Building Type national government center
 Construction System stone bearing masonry, cast iron dome
Climate humid sub-tropical
Context urban
Style Neoclassical
Notes Dome by Thomas Ustick Walter, 1851 to 1863


Photo, overview across the lawn

Photo, aerial overview of east facade, historical

Photo, exterior, looking along Pennsylvania Avenue, historical


Plan Drawing, 1925

Plan Drawing




Early perspective sketch, historical

Aerial perspective drawing, historical
Perspective Drawing

Discussion United States Capitol Commentary

Meeting place of the U.S. Congress, the national assembly of the United States of America, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Sources on United States Capitol

United States Capitol : a Brief Architectural History. Government Printing Office, July 1990. ISBN 0-1602-3346-1. — inexpensive, and Available at Amazon.com

Lonnelle Aikman. We, the People—The Story of the United States Capitol. Photography by George F. Mobley and Joseph H. Bailey. Washington: National Geographic Society, 1978. exterior photo of presidential innaguration, title page. interior photo of original senate chamber, p41.

Kenneth R. Bowling. The Creation of Washington, D.C. the Idea and Location of the American Capital. George Mason University Press Trade, June 1993. ISBN 0-9139-6959-1.   Available at Amazon.com

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. central organization diagram, p199.   Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Gerald R. Gereau. The Capitol, a Pictorial History of the Capitol and of the Congress. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1981. interior photo of president's room, p45. interior wide angle photo of dome and rotunda, p43. exterior photo at night, cover.

Eldon Hauck. American Capitols : An Encyclopedia of the State, National and Territorial Capital Edifices of the United States. McFarland & Co, June 1991. ISBN 0-8995-0551-1.   Available to order at Amazon.com

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. Interior photo of dome, p127.

Harold Kirker. The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1969. NA737.B8K5. ISBN 674-04390-1. LC 70-78519. perspective, p334, plate 148.

Ernest and Kathleen Meredith, Fairfax, Virginia. Slide from photographers' collection.

Charles A. Place. Charles Bulfinch: Architect and Citizen. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1925. NA737.B8P5. plan, p261.

Richard Reid. The Book of Buildings, A Panorama of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Structures. Chicago: Rand McNally and Company, 1980. exterior photo from reflecting pool, eighth image in introduction in section called form.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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