this day in the yesteryear: George Washington Lays Cornerstone of US Capitol (1793)

George Washington Lays Cornerstone of US Capitol (1793)

The US Capitol is the seat of the legislative branch of government in Washington, DC. The city’s dominating monument, it was built on an elevated site chosen by George Washington in consultation with architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The building was begun in 1793, after the president set the cornerstone during a groundbreaking ceremony that included Masonic rites. As it stands now, the building is the result of the work of several architects. When was the imposing dome added to the Capitol? More… Discuss

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