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Capitol Reflection

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William Thornton was the original architect of the Capitol and in 1793 was selected as the winner of a design contest. The central rotunda was his idea. His plan, unfortunately, did not pan out due to a lack of funding and the British attack during the War of 1812.

Charles Bulfinch eventually completed the rotunda in 1824.

The Rotunda is 96 feet in diameter and rises 180 feet 3 inches to the canopy.

The pantheon inspired the Capitol's design.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 4, 2011 at 5:27 AM