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Old Senate Chamber designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, this room was home to the U.S. Senate from 1819 until 1859 and later to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1860-1935.
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A view of the Capitol Visitor Center lit up at night
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An AOC worker mowing the grass on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol
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Warehouses in Fort Meade, Maryland store items such as statues that were once displayed on the East Front of the Capitol.
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Saint Louis

Saint Louis
Jean de Marco
Artist

Marble
28" dia.
1950
House of Representatives Chamber

Overview 

Saint Louis (1214-1270) King Louis IX of France; author of the Mise of Amiens, a judgment on a dispute between Henry III and rebellious English barons.

The 23 marble relief portraits over the gallery doors of the House Chamber depict historical figures noted for their work in establishing the principles that underlie American law. They were installed when the chamber was remodeled in 1949-1950.
 
Created in bas relief of white Vermont marble by seven different sculptors, the plaques each measure 28 inches in diameter. The eleven profiles in the eastern half of the chamber face left and the eleven in the western half face right, so that all look towards the full-face relief of Moses in the center of the north wall.
 
The subjects of the reliefs were chosen by scholars from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C., in consultation with authoritative staff members of the Library of Congress. The selection was approved by a special committee of five Members of the House of Representatives and the Architect of the Capitol.
 
The plaster models for these reliefs are on display on the walls in the Rayburn House Office Building subway terminal.
 
Last Updated: June 27, 2012