The United States Capitol building is a glorious feat of Neoclassical architecture. Construction began in 1793. Central portions of the building were complete by 1800—only to be partially burned-down by the British in 1814. The damaged portions were re-built and the entire building expanded in the 1850's. The cast iron dome (weighing nearly nine million pounds) was finally completed in 1866. Like other important Washington, D. C. buildings, the Capitol is Neoclassical in design and painted white. Indeed, it gleams like the proverbial City on a Hill.
The glass-slab paperweight, shown above, features a sepia photograph of the Capitol. It's a handsome and useful gift for your favorite historian, architect or future Congressman. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
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