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United States Capitol Dome Drawings, 1855-1862

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Creator:
Walter, Thomas Ustick 1804-1887
Collector:
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
0.3 cu. ft. : 1 box
Type:
Copy photographs
Collection descriptions
Salted paper prints
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1855
1855-1962
1855-1862
Notes:
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.
Summary:
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".
Cite as:
United States Capitol Dome Drawings, 1855-1862, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Architecture
Domes
Local number:
1984.0431(NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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