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The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping hillside of the West Front lawn on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building, has offered rest and shelter to travelers for over a century.
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A view of the Capitol Visitor Center lit up at night
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September 24, 2013
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The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
This is the first in a series of occasional articles, written by the Architect of the Capitol’s Curator Office, about the use of nature in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. This week,...
March 04, 2013
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The Capitol Crypt, which now houses statuary and exhibitions, was once used as an informal storage space where bicycles were parked, seen here circa 1900.
The term “crypt” has long referred to a space beneath the main floor of a church or a chamber in a mausoleum. For many of us it suggests somber, stony silence and perhaps dusty coffins. The Capitol...
January 29, 2013
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The figure of Liberty in the Apotheosis of George Washington is depicted wearing a Liberty Cap
The liberty cap was the symbol of freedom and liberty commonly used in the 19th century and is seen in many places in the United States Capitol.
August 22, 2012
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Drawing of the U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, George Munger, 1814
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (present-day Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., in August 1814, to set fire to much of the...
February 27, 2012
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Oil painting of a historical scene including several Presidents
Presidents Don't Sleep Here—But They're Honored in Art!
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