The Old Supreme Court Chamber is the first room constructed for the use of the nation's highest judiciary body and was used by the Court from 1810 until 1860. Built by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, it was a significant architectural achievement, for the size and structure of its vaulted, semicircular ceiling were virtually unprecedented in the United States.
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Car of History Clock


This marble sculpture, created in 1819, is among the oldest works of art in the U.S. Capitol. It depicts Clio, the muse of History, holding a book in which she records events as they unfold.

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National Statuary Hall
U.S. Capitol

Car of History Clock marble statue

Clio, the muse of History, stands in a winged chariot, or car, representing the passage of time. The car rests on a marble globe on which signs of the Zodiac are carved in relief. The chariot wheel is the face of the clock; its works, installed in 1837, are by Simon Willard.

The room in which the sculpture stands was originally the Hall of the House of Representatives. The House moved to its present chamber in 1857, and in 1864 the room was set aside for the display of statues donated by the states; today, it is known as National Statuary Hall.

Last Updated: October 10, 2014