Beginnings of the U.S. Capitol


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Beginnings of the U.S. Capitol

By 1800, only a small square section of the U.S. Capitol was completed.  This portion would become the Senate, but now it held not only the Senate, but also the House of Representatives, Supreme Court, Circuit Court, and Library of Congress. [ Notice the stone masons working in the foreground.]  Government Island workers were not sending up enough Aquia stone, so other quarries throughout Stafford also sent their sandstone to D.C. to complete the Capitol.  (William Russell Birch drawing)