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Constructing the Capitol: Early Design

Constructing the Capitol: Early Design

Date of Work
ca. 1793-1797
Type
Architectural Drawing

Constructing the Capitol: Early Design

Keenly interested in art and architecture, William Thornton was skilled enough as a draftsman to create an innovative design for the Capitol that met with President Washington's ideas for the building.

Unwilling and unable to superintend construction, a series of professional architects were given control of the works at the Capitol and were dismissed for insubordination after attempts to change Thornton's plan. Eventually, James Hoban, the White House architect, guided completion of the north (Senate) wing in 1798.

Design for the Capitol, East Elevation, ca. 1793-1797.

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