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.

Ground Story of the Capitol U. S. 1817, by B. Henry Latrobe, 1817

On August 24, 1814, British troops set off intense fires in the Capitol that ruined both chambers, destroyed the Library of Congress, and heavily damaged the Supreme Court. Having previously worked on the Capitol’s design, B. Henry Latrobe returned to Washington in April 1815 to restore the wings of the Capitol. Latrobe radically altered the north wing with this plan, leaving only the east vestibule and corn columns as they were before the fire. The ground story of the south wing was virtually unchanged.

Architect of the Capitol

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1817
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