Black and white portrait of Constantino Brumidi holding an easel and paintbrushes.
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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Blog Posts Tagged 'sandstone'

A Cornerstone of American History

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on March 18, 2013

The quarry at Government Island provided sandstone for the construction of the White House and the U.S. Capitol building.
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle walks in the footsteps of the masons and laborers who worked the quarry at Government Island in Aquia, Virginia, to gather stone for the U.S. Capitol more than 200 years ago.

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