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South Elevation of the Capitol with Propylaea, by B. Henry Latrobe, ca. 1811

Mon, 2013-02-18 12:23 -- administrator

Latrobe's vision for the completed Capitol included a gatehouse where the doorkeepers of the House and Senate would reside. As seen next to the trees in the left portion of this side view drawing, the gatehouse would have been located downhill from the Capitol's west front with rear yards for the families to dry laundry and grow vegetables. The drawing also shows a preliminary design for the central dome.

Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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