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In the late 19th century the architectural style of the Thomas Jefferson Building was said to be "Italian Renaissance." Today, it is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. It is a style perfectly suited to a young, wealthy, and imperialistic nation in its Gilded Age.
The Library of Congress began in 1800 with a small appropriation to buy...

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View of the U.S. Capitol Building from above at dusk
In order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to preserve the...

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Photo of Dome damage and scaffolding.
As scaffolding installation is completed on the Capitol Dome, the restoration...

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CVC Visitor Guide Julie Butler leads a group of visitors through National Statuary Hall.
The ExCEL Program provides opportunities for jurisdictions to work together and...

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  • A row of marble statues in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
    Marble is used throughout the U.S. Capitol Building, the congressional office...
     
  • Nighttime view of the cast iron used in the making of the Capitol's dome.
    Cast iron was used extensively in the U.S. Capitol’s mid-19th century House...
     
  • Sandstone walls and paintings of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda
    Sandstone was a common building material during the early years of Washington...
     

The materials used in the construction of the Capitol were chosen with care to ensure the building would be a lasting landmark. Learn more about these building materials, why they were used, and where they came from.

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