Amazing Old Photo of Capitol Dome Construction in 1858

I came across this gem scanning through the Architect of the Capitol’s website. I had to share it with you tonight. Click on it for the higher resolution image. It’s pretty amazing to take a look at the details and the stores on the left, lining Pennsylvania Ave before the Civil War.

photograph of the Capitol under construction in 1858
photograph of the Capitol under construction in 1858 (Architect of the Capitol)

Try and stay cool. It’s ridiculously hot outside.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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