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United States Capitol

United States Capitol Free Sock Photos.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
United Nations Fight for Freedom: Boy Scout in front of Capitol. They help out by delivering posters to help the war effort
United States Capitol Free Sock Photos. Public Domain, Royalty Free Images.
The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government.
President George Washington in 1791 selected the area that is now the District of Columbia from land ceded by Maryland. French engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant who planned the new city of Washington located the Capitol at the elevated east end of the Mall, on the brow of what was then called Jenkins' Hill. The site was, in L'Enfant's words, "a pedestal waiting for a monument." President Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in the building's southeast corner on September 18, 1793, with Masonic ceremonies.
Construction was a time-consuming process: the sandstone used for the building had to be ferried on boats from the quarries at Aquia, Virginia and workers had to be induced to leave their homes to come to the relative wilderness of Capitol Hill. Some third-floor rooms were still unfinished when the Congress, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and the courts of the District of Columbia occupied the U.S. Capitol in late 1800.

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[United States Capitol. Tortola scheme. Competition rendering of façade. Elevation with central dome and lantern]

[United States Capitol. Tortola scheme. Competition rendering of façad...

Architectural drawing showing Thornton's proposed design, known as the Tortola Scheme.

[United States Capitol. Tortola scheme. Competition rendering of façade. Elevation with central pediment and lantern]

[United States Capitol. Tortola scheme. Competition rendering of façad...

Architectural drawing showing Thornton's proposed design, known as the Tortola Scheme, with alternative design for flanking pavilions mounted to right. Inscribed in pencil by later hand: Dr. Wm. Thornton's Comp... more

Map exhibiting the property of the U.S. in the vicinity of the Capitol : colored red, with the manner in which it is proposed to lay off the same in building lots, as described in the report to the Sup't of the city to which this is annexed /

Map exhibiting the property of the U.S. in the vicinity of the Capitol...

Covers area bounded by 2nd St. east, D St. south, 6th St. west, and D St. north, including eastern part of the Mall. Relief shown by shading. Partial cadastral map showing buildings, some lots, and block number... more

Senate Chamber. Hall of the House of Representatives / W.I Stone sc. Washn. D.C.

Senate Chamber. Hall of the House of Representatives / W.I Stone sc. W...

Print shows an interior view of the Senate and the House of Representatives chambers showing a numbered seating arrangement (key to the Senate chamber seating is filed with print). Title from item. Printed at b... more

East front of the Capitol / W.I Stone aquat.

East front of the Capitol / W.I Stone aquat.

Print shows an exterior view of the east front of the U.S. Capitol, with view of the north facade. Title from item. Printed at bottom: Engd. for the National Calendar, 1823.

[East front of the United States Capitol]

[East front of the United States Capitol]

View of the east front of the U.S. Capitol. Title devised by Library staff. Philadelphia Print Shop Inventory, no. 656. (DLC/PP-1996:032.1). Forms part of: John Rubens Smith Collection (Library of Congress). Te... more

[United States Capitol] / C. Bullfinch delt. ; Childs dir.

[United States Capitol] / C. Bullfinch delt. ; Childs dir.

Print shows front or east view of the U.S. Capitol as it appeared in 1829, prior to the beginning of President Andrew Jackson's administration. Title from another impression. Trimmed above title and mounted on ... more

Capitol of the United States, Washington

Capitol of the United States, Washington

Engraving showing Capitol building in background; people walking, riding horses, riding in carriages on road leading to the Capitol. Right corner under image: George Washington with men on horseback (caption: "... more

Capitol of the United States, Washington / drawn by H. Brown ; engraved and printed by Fenner Sears & Co.

Capitol of the United States, Washington / drawn by H. Brown ; engrave...

Engraving showing Capitol building in background; people walking, riding horses, riding in carriages on road leading to the Capitol. On verso: John Hinton, History Topography of the U.S. 1830-32. Title from item.

The Capitol at Washington

The Capitol at Washington

Engraving showing Capitol on hill in background; people and carriages on street in foreground on the road leading to the Capitol; houses on the left. Engraving by M. Osborne after drawing by W.H. Bartlett. On v... more

Principal front of the Capitol, Washington / W.H. Bartlett, R. Brandard.

Principal front of the Capitol, Washington / W.H. Bartlett, R. Brandar...

Engraving showing Capitol building in background; people walking or riding in carriages on Capitol grounds. Image found in N. P. Willis, American Scenery, p. 288, 1839. Engraving by R. Brandard after drawing by... more

Monolith for columns, Capitol extension

Monolith for columns, Capitol extension

Photograph showing a 14 ton column being transported on a six wheel wagon drawn by oxen for an addition to the Capitol. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 33. Title from item. Reference copy in L... more

Washington aus der Vogelperspective / Druck v. Weger, Leipzig.

Washington aus der Vogelperspective / Druck v. Weger, Leipzig.

Engraving shows visitors on grounds of partially constructed United States Capitol building. Title from item.

Monument to the memory of the "Herveor of Tripoli." The birth of the American Navy, now at Naval Academy school, Annapolis, Md.

Monument to the memory of the "Herveor of Tripoli." The birth of the A...

Photograph shows the Tripoli Naval Monument on the grounds of United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. Moved in 1860 to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Chamber of Representatives (Washington) / C.R., DEL, John Poppel, SC.

Chamber of Representatives (Washington) / C.R., DEL, John Poppel, SC.

Print showing House of Representatives in session. Upper left side above image: Ms C. L. No. 1558. Title from item. Identical image in PPOC with title: Die Congress-Halle im Capitol (Washington); Aus d. Kunstan... more

[Library of Congress in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Roof details]

[Library of Congress in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Roof detail...

Iron roof trusses; details of joints. Inscription: "Details of roof of Congressional Library."

[United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.). Dome and portico. East front. Rendered elevation]. / Tho. U. Walter, architect of new dome & c.
Elevation of dome of U.S. Capitol

Elevation of dome of U.S. Capitol

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 13. Title from item. No. 1902. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Capitol, section of new dome]

[Capitol, section of new dome]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 5. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[The Library of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building]

[The Library of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building]

Photograph of an engraving. Title and date from Ten First Street, Southeast: Congress Builds a Library, 1886-1897 / Helen-Anne Hilker. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1980, p. 60, no. 8.

[Capitol, elevation of new dome]

[Capitol, elevation of new dome]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 11. Title devised by Library staff. Notation: Original design. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Architectural model of U.S. Capitol]

[Architectural model of U.S. Capitol]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 132. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Capitol exterior, north wing]

[Capitol exterior, north wing]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 25. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

East pediment of the north wing, U.S. Capitol

East pediment of the north wing, U.S. Capitol

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 75. Title from item. Printed on recto: Capt. M.C. Meigs, U.S. Engineer in Charge; T. Crawford; and Tho. U. Walter, architect. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1.... more

[Capitol exterior, west front from terrace]

[Capitol exterior, west front from terrace]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 53. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

Section through dome of U.S. Capitol

Section through dome of U.S. Capitol

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 12. Title from item. No. 1901. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Capitol exterior, east front]

[Capitol exterior, east front]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 97. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Capitol exterior]

[Capitol exterior]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 14. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Bronze doors for the east portico of the House wing, U.S. Capitol]

[Bronze doors for the east portico of the House wing, U.S. Capitol]

Photograph of maquette of bronze doors for the U.S. Capitol by Thomas Crawford depicting events in American history. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 123. The doors were designed by Thomas Craw... more

[Bronze doors for the east portico of the Senate wing, U.S. Capitol]

[Bronze doors for the east portico of the Senate wing, U.S. Capitol]

Photograph of maquette of bronze doors for the U.S. Capitol by Thomas Crawford depicting events in the life of George Washington and Revolutionary War battles. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. ... more

[Panel and medallion details from bronze doors for the east portico of the Senate wing, U.S. Capitol]

[Panel and medallion details from bronze doors for the east portico of...

Photograph of bronze doors detail showing panel, depicting ovation for George Washington at Trenton, New Jersey, and allegorical medallion of peace and agriculture, from bottom of left valve. In album: Benjamin... more

Capitol construction, from north west. Progressive view of dome, no. 1

Capitol construction, from north west. Progressive view of dome, no. 1

Photograph showing beginning stages of adding the dome to the Capitol. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 19. Title from item. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Capitol, maquette of sculpture 'Landing of Pilgrims' for east pediment of the south wing of the House of Representatives]

[Capitol, maquette of sculpture 'Landing of Pilgrims' for east pedimen...

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 63. Title devised by Library staff. Designed by Erastus Dow Palmer. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

Progressive view of dome, first column on roof, 2; east front from Senate (north wing) roof, looking south

Progressive view of dome, first column on roof, 2; east front from Sen...

Photograph showing beginning stages of adding the dome to the Capitol. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 21. Title from item. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[Bronze doors for the House wing (later moved to the central east front entrance), U.S. Capitol]

[Bronze doors for the House wing (later moved to the central east fron...

Photograph of maquette of bronze doors for the U.S. Capitol by Randolph Rogers depicting events in the life of Columbus. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 124. Title devised by Library staff. Re... more

[Capitol, maquette of sculpture 'Landing of Pilgrims' for east pediment of the south wing of the House of Representatives]

[Capitol, maquette of sculpture 'Landing of Pilgrims' for east pedimen...

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 63. Title devised by Library staff. Designed by Erastus Dow Palmer. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

[United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.). North wing. Principal story. Western stairway. Elevations, perspectives and sections] / M.C. Meigs, Capt. of engineers ; Tho. U. Walter, Archt. ex. U.S.C.

[United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.). North wing. Principal story...

In album: Engineering projects directed by Montgomery Meigs, Washington, D.C. ca. 1852-ca. 1860, p. 147, no. 256. Inscription: Details of western stairway. North wing. Principal story. "Scale one inch to a fo... more

North wing, east front. Traversing crane for construction of connecting corridors

North wing, east front. Traversing crane for construction of connectin...

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 35. Title from item. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

Construction for supporting ceiling of Senate chamber, n. wing

Construction for supporting ceiling of Senate chamber, n. wing

Photograph showing scaffolding and pipes during the construction of the Capitol. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 51. Title from item. Notations: Scaffold not removed; curved pipes contain gas;... more

East portico - looking south

East portico - looking south

Photograph shows east front of the U.S. Capitol including Horatio Greenough's sculpture "The Rescue" and Luigi Persico's sculptures "Discovery of America" and "War." In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs... more

East front looking north. Progressive views of dome iv

East front looking north. Progressive views of dome iv

Photograph showing east front of the Capitol with peristyle in progress. Men, including Montgomery C. Meigs, stand in driveway.

East front from grounds. Progressive views of dome, no. iii. Columns of peristyle in position

East front from grounds. Progressive views of dome, no. iii. Columns o...

Photograph showing beginning stages of adding the dome to the Capitol. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 27. Title from item. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

Elevation of dome of U.S. Capitol

Elevation of dome of U.S. Capitol

Architect of the Capitol item number: 003150.1290, Walter, no. 1902. Title from item.

[National, Washington, D.C.] / Morse & Tuttle, SC.

[National, Washington, D.C.] / Morse & Tuttle, SC.

Engraving showing Capitol building; people walking or riding in carriages on Capitol grounds. T. U. Walter, Archt. Title from item.

[United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.). Dome details. Second story. Elevation, section, and plans. Rendering.] / Tho. U. Walter, architect, Washington, D.C.

[United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.). Dome details. Second story....

Window, showing architectural decorations and detail of structural ironwork. Inscription: "Details of second story of dome." Scaled and dimensioned. No. 1873.

The "Lincoln column," first monolith raised, Nov. 1860, Presidential election, being S. column of connecting corridor

The "Lincoln column," first monolith raised, Nov. 1860, Presidential e...

Photo shows construction at U.S. Capitol, including African American workmen with a column named in the photograph to recognize Abraham Lincoln's election as president on Nov. 6, 1860. Title from item. In album... more

West facade from Botanical Gardens

West facade from Botanical Gardens

Photograph showing Capitol dome under construction with the Botanical Gardens and Tiber Creek in the foreground. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 47. Title from item. Notations: Tiber Creek; vi... more

[Construction of Capitol dome]

[Construction of Capitol dome]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 49. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

West front of Capitol, vii, peristyle complete

West front of Capitol, vii, peristyle complete

Photograph showing the Capitol dome under construction, with canal in foreground. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 39. Title from item. Notations: Public gardens or Mall; C&O Canal; Goose Creek... more

Working the monoliths

Working the monoliths

Photo shows construction at U.S. Capitol, including "S. Wing" and "Centre Building." The workmen include African Americans. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs", p. 41. Title from item. Reference copy ... more

[Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln at the U.S. Capitol]

[Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln at the U.S. Capitol]

Photograph shows crowd of people viewing Lincoln's inauguration by the under-construction U.S. Capitol. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 1. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT... more

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln - March 4, 1861

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln - March 4, 1861

J16415 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright Feb. 23, 1935 by N. Spindler. Original salted paper print in album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," LOT 12251, [p.] 59, located in PR 12, CN: 1972:158.

[Lincoln inaugural]

[Lincoln inaugural]

Photograph showing a crowd outside the U.S. Capitol for Lincoln's inauguration.

[Capitol dome construction]

[Capitol dome construction]

Photograph showing the dome of the Capitol under construction. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 49. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

View, looking N. from Capitol roof

View, looking N. from Capitol roof

Photograph shows view of Washington, D.C., taken from U.S. Capitol, showing Douglas Hospital, Old Douglas House, Railway Station, The Washington, or Wilkes House, St. Aloysius, Government Printing Office, Glenw... more

Capitol, Washington, D.C., north-east view. Dome and front unfinished, June 28, 1863

Capitol, Washington, D.C., north-east view. Dome and front unfinished,...

Photograph showing construction on the U. S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Ratond [i.e. rotunda]. Apotheosis of Washington

Ratond [i.e. rotunda]. Apotheosis of Washington

Photographs of canopy fresco in U.S. Capitol dome showing George Washington rising to the heavens with allegorical figures representing war, science, marine, commerce, mechanics, and architecture. In album: Ben... more

[Capitol exterior, north portico, east front]

[Capitol exterior, north portico, east front]

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 99. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 1. Original in PR 12 LOT 12251.

Lincoln's second inaugural

Lincoln's second inaugural

President Lincoln delivering his inaugural address on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1865. Photograph from Architect of the Capitol, AOC no. 16837.

[Washington, D.C. Spectators at side of the Capitol, which is hung with crepe and has flag at half-mast during the "grand review" of the Union Army]

[Washington, D.C. Spectators at side of the Capitol, which is hung wit...

No. 748. Hand-written on back of mount: Grand Review of Army, Wash. D.C., May 1865, scene at Capitol. Printed 1905 by Handy Studio, Washington, D.C. Civil War Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). Title ... more

Scene at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the Capitol grounds at Washington on the daily adjournment of Congress

Scene at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the Capitol grounds at Wa...

Illustration showing a crowd of people crossing the street between a railroad locomotive and a street railroad, with the U.S. Capitol in the background. Title from item. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 10, no. 4... more

East portico of the Capitol

East portico of the Capitol

Part of series: Views of national buildings in the city of Washington, D.C. Title from item. Gift; Louis M. Rabinowitz; 1952.

View of Washington City

View of Washington City

Print showing a bird's-eye view of Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Capitol in the foreground, and the Washington Monument in the background. 5588A U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. This print a reissue fr... more

View of Washington City.

View of Washington City.

Low-angle bird's-eye view of central Washington toward the west and northwest with The Capitol in foreground. "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1871 by E. Sachse & Co. Balto. in the Office of th... more

[Bank note vignettes showing U.S. Capitol, log cabins, Brooklyn Bridge, Independence Hall, two people fishing in harbor, and New York City Hall]

[Bank note vignettes showing U.S. Capitol, log cabins, Brooklyn Bridge...

In album: Engravings of the American Banknote Company ... p. 81.

General plan for the extension of the U.S. Capitol grounds /

General plan for the extension of the U.S. Capitol grounds /

Oriented with north to the left. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. LC copy 1 halved and mounted on cloth backing. LC copy 2 darkened, fold-lined, and torn. Phillips. Was... more

Plan of the city of Washington : the capitol [sic] of the United States of America /

Plan of the city of Washington : the capitol [sic] of the United State...

Shows major buildings and streetcar lines. LC copy fold-lined, torn, missing edge sections, annotated in lead and blue pencils to show proposed cable-car lines, laminated, and mounted on cloth backing. Availabl... more

Brumidi's allegorical painting, in dome of U.S. Capitol

Brumidi's allegorical painting, in dome of U.S. Capitol

Title from item. Illus. in: Washington Album. Published by Ph. Frey, Louis Glaser, and J. F. Jarvis, p. 7-8. Glaser/Frey Collection of American View Books (Library of Congress)

North east front of the Capitol

North east front of the Capitol

Engraving showing Capitol building; people walking or riding in carriages on Capitol grounds in foreground. On verso: 1891 by J. F. Jarvis; Photo Im Louis Glaser, Leifzig 115 Worth St., N.Y. Photograph of eng... more

The U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives

Interior view of House chamber during session of 51st Congress. Copyright By C.M. Bell. No. 3.

Construction of the Northwest Court of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress

Construction of the Northwest Court of the Jefferson Building of the L...

Bird's-eye view; U.S. Capitol in background. No known restrictions on publication.

Supreme Court Room

Supreme Court Room

Interior view of Supreme Court Room in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Wittemann Collection. No. 3 Albertype photogravure by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dome of the U.S. Capitol

Dome of the U.S. Capitol

Copyright by C.E. Bolles, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Old congressional library, main hall, looking south

Old congressional library, main hall, looking south

Photographs shows crowded interior view of the old Congressional Library in the U.S. Capitol building. In the middle background is the charge desk (Librarian Ainsworth Rand Spofford's table). 32846 U.S. Copyrig... more

Haverly's European Mastodon Minstrels

Haverly's European Mastodon Minstrels

Caption: As they appeared participating in the inauguration of the President of the United States at Washington. Small pieces missing from top of poster. Forms part of: Minstrel poster collection (Library of Congress)

The Capitol from the Library steps, Washington

The Capitol from the Library steps, Washington

Copyright 1898 by Detroit Photographic Co. Title from item. Title on inventory list: The Capital from the Library steps. Caption for similar image (LC-USZ62-94485) lists title as: [View of the Capitol from Libr... more

The old "Americanism" good enough / Keppler.

The old "Americanism" good enough / Keppler.

Print shows Pope Leo XIII climbing the dome of the U.S. Capitol, carrying a cross; Uncle Sam tell him to come down from there.

The dogs and the moon / Keppler.

The dogs and the moon / Keppler.

Print shows a pack of dogs, with their tails between their legs, howling at a full moon labeled "Prosperity" outside the U.S. Capitol building; the dogs are labeled "Tillman, [?], Vest, Jones, Bryan [his tail t... more

The pigmies attack; but the government still lives / Keppler.

The pigmies attack; but the government still lives / Keppler.

Illustration shows President McKinley standing on the steps to the U.S. Capitol, holding up two flags, one labeled "Expansion" and the other labeled "Sound Money." Tiny figures at the foot of the steps show Wil... more