In order to allow for the installation of scaffolding and floor, statuary, and artwork protection in conjunction with the Dome Restoration Project, the Rotunda of the Capitol will be closed from Monday, July 27 through Monday, September 7. While the Rotunda is unavailable for tours, an alternate tour route will be provided. The Capitol Visitor Center is open during the closure of the Rotunda and will offer special activities which do not require advance reservations. You can also download our new U.S. Capitol Rotunda app.

The Capitol from the Railway Station, Washington, U.S., July 29, 1846, by Michael Seymour, 1846

This appealing view of the imposing Capitol overlooking modest houses and sheds illustrates the close proximity of the grandiose with the mundane. Public buildings interspersed throughout the capital city attracted distinct communities of workers, clerks, and high-society people who had reason to live close by. The railroad station at the time was located near the center of today’s Mall.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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