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

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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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