Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
0.3 cu. ft. : 1 box
Salted paper prints
The United State Capitol dome is situated above the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The Capitol dome was designed by Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887), the fourth Architect of the Capitol. Walter was responsible for adding the north (Senate) and south (House) wings and the central dome of the Capitol from 1854 to 1866. The original dome, built in 1824, was made of wood. It was considered a fire hazard and was not big enough to complement the Capitol building's growing size.
The collection is comprised of 146 salt-print photographic copies of the original drawings of the Capitol dome, including structural and decorative details. Dimensions range from 6 " x 9 " to 17 1/8" x 10".
United States Capitol Dome Drawings, 1855-1862, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves