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"Design for an Enlargement of the US Capitol, Washington, DC," by Thomas U. Walter, watercolor on paper, 1850

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Congress increased in membership as the country expanded during the 1800s, and by mid-century the building had become overcrowded. In response to a public invitation for enlargement ideas, Thomas U. Walter designed this vast addition intended to cover the Capitol's entire east facade. A vast new portico would have reused some of the original columns from the portico installed by architect Charles Bulfinch inthe 1820s.

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