Saturday, February 26, 2011

US Capital

US Capital in Washington DC. View from near my office. From Wikipedia: In spring 1792, Thomas Jefferson proposed a design competition to solicit designs for the Capitol and the President's House, and set a four-month deadline. The prize for the competition was $500 and a lot in the federal city. An entry by amateur architect William Thornton was submitted to much praise for its "Grandeur, Simplicity, and Beauty" by Jefferson and George Washington. Thornton was inspired by the east front of the Louvre, as well as the Paris Pantheon for the center portion of the design.


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