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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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