"Details of South Wing," by Thomas U. Walter, watercolor and ink on paper, 1854

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In the 1850s, architect Thomas U. Walter designed new north and south wings for the Capitol that included much needed space for the expanding Congress. The room designed for the Speaker of the House of Representatives (labeled “Retiring Room,” a preliminary designation) was one of the most elaborate in all of 19th century America. The cast-iron ceiling was designed with beams and panels outlined with a rich array of classical moldings and other decorations.

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