“The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries.
“Since the laying of the cornerstone in 1793, the U.S. Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.”
Travel through time as each section of the U.S. Capitol is built. This 2010 history video from the Architect of the Capitol shares each setback and newly added structure, from “the first year of the second term of the Presidency of George Washington,” to what is now the home of America’s Legislative Branch and seat of the United States Congress.
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• The 1913 women’s suffrage march on Washington D.C.
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• The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan
• New York: A Documentary Film: The Chrysler Building
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