On this day in 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government. The building took nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it and it was called into use during the Civil War. Today, the Capitol building, with its famous cast-iron dome and important collection of American art, is part of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings, all developed in the 19th and 20th centuries.
This edition of the Yakezie Carnival includes some facts about the United States Capitol building. Hopefully this will give a little history lesson along with our great personal finance reads. (The posts with the Capital Dome are the editor’s pick!)
In spring 1792, Thomas Jefferson proposed a design competition to solicit designs for the Capitol and the President’s House, and set a four-month deadline. The prize for the competition was $500 and a lot in the federal city. At least ten individuals submitted designs for the Capitol; however the drawings were regarded as crude and amateurish, reflecting the level of architectural skill present in the United States at the time. The most promising of the submissions was by Stephen Hallet, a trained French architect. However, Hallet’s designs were overly fancy, with too much French influence, and were deemed too costly. A late entry by amateur architect William Thornton was submitted on January 31, 1793, to much praise for its “Grandeur, Simplicity, and Beauty” by Washington, along with praise from Jefferson. Thornton was inspired by the east front of the Louvre, as well as the Paris Pantheon for the center portion of the design. Thornton’s design was officially approved in a letter, dated April 5, 1793, from Washington.
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The Capitol dome as we see it now was not the original design. The Statue of Freedom was not added until 1863. The picture shows the first dome, which third Architect Charles Bulfinch added. This was due to some pretty extensive additions to the Capitol – although rebuilt after the War of 1812 fiasco, politicians quickly outgrew their workspace as states were added and more representatives filled the building. As the Capitol building was extended to make room, the Bulfinch dome looked out of place and disproportionate. The construction of the new dome took 11 years (Lincoln was sworn in under a half-finished dome) and nearly nine million pounds of iron.
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The Capitol building weighs 188,500,000 lbs, is 287 feet from the grade to the top of the lantern. It is the fourth tallest masonry dome in the world. Originally it cost 7,385,768.21 to build. To reconstruct the Legislative Building with the same materials and workmanship today, it would cost over $1 billion. That is 135 times more! There are a total of 5341 bulbs lighting the building including 2550 15- to 300-watt incandescent bulbs and 2616 fluorescent light fixtures.
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There used to be a law in place that restricted any building in D.C. from being built taller than the Captiol. It could be equal to the Capitol in height, but no higher than. Passed in 1899, this law didn’t last long – it was amended in 1910 and now the Capitol is only the fifth-tallest building in the District of Columbia. It’s shorter than the Washington Monument, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Old Post Office and the Washington National Cathedral.
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Up to four U.S. flags can be seen flying over the Capitol. Two flagpoles are located at the base of the dome on the East and West sides. These flagpoles have flown the flag day and night since World War I. The other two flagpoles are above the North (Senate) and South (House of Representatives) wings of the building, and fly only when the chamber below is in session.