Rare, Stunning 1863 Photo of Capitol Building

This incredible old photo of the Capitol Building shows it just after the new dome was completed in 1863.

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, June 28, 1863.

Source: Library of Congress

 

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Run Down Old Home in 1923

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