Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Avenue Before 1814

This is a cool old painting from the early 19th century. It shows the Capitol Building as it would have looked during the first decade of the 1800s.

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view down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Building
view down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Building

Source: Library of Congress

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  • From the angle of the buildings it looks like a Mall or East Capitol St view. Pennsylvania wouldn’t be straight on.

  • Jon

    Is this even DC? Was this just a conceptual painting. I can’t make any sense of this.