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Ruins of the Hall of the House of Representatives, by Giovanni Andrei, 1814-1815

Mon, 2013-02-18 16:05 -- administrator

Ruins of the Hall of the House of Representatives, by Giovanni Andrei, 1814-1815

While the effects of the fires set by British troops on August 14, 1814, were devastating, the internal structure of the House chamber remained standing after the flames were extinguished. To prepare the room for restoration, wooden poles were used to prop up the stonework until workmen could safely dismantle the colonnade.

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