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Unrealized Vision for Expanding Capitol Grounds

This cool old map shows a proposed extension of the U.S. Capitol grounds from 1874. Clearly, not realized because we see a proposal for the Department of Justice to the northeast of the Capitol. The drawing was done by architect...

What Did the Capitol Look Like in 1800?

Print shows a street-level view of the east front facade of the U.S. Capitol with a man on horseback talking to a woman on horseback, pedestrians with a dog, a man talking with a woman and a child on the...
Architectural drawing for alterations to the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. West elevation Summary

1877 Drawing of Proposed Capitol Modifications

Fascinating drawing of the U.S. Capitol from the 1870s showing proposed modifications to the building. This is the west elevation of the building, the opposite side of the National Mall. Source: Library of Congress
Aerial view of U.S. Capitol in 1922

Aerial Views of Washington in 1922

These cool old photos shows the city back in 1922, as seen from the air. Source: Boston Public Library Source: Boston Public Library
Capitol, Washington, D.C., north-east view. Dome and front unfinished, June 28, 1863.

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. Source: Library of Congress
Capitol Building and a lot of cars parked in front of it in the 1960s

You Won’t See the Capitol Like This Ever Again

This photo of the Capitol Building from the 1960s is something you’ll never see again. The Capitol Dome under construction and a lot of cars parked out in front of it. Source: snipview.com
Capito Dome under construction in 1860s

Incredibly Rare 1860s Photo of Capitol Dome Construction

This very rare photo of the Capitol Dome under construction shows it as it looked during the early days of the Civil War. Source: Library of Congress
Bird's-eye view of Washington

What Did D.C. Look Like in 1872?

Here’s a cool bird’s-eye view of the Capitol and the rest of Washington from 1872. Source: Library of Congress
Capitol Building

Great Old Photos of Capitol’s East and West Fronts

Here’s a terrific old photo courtesy of the Library of Congress showing the Capitol Building. And another awesome old shot of the Capitol. Source: Library of Congress
1935. Washington, D.C. "View looking down from U.S. Capitol dome, West Front." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Incredible 1935 View Looking Down From Capitol Dome

This photo is going to give you vertigo. It’s a view looking down from the Capitol Dome. Click on it for greater details. Source: Shorpy