Cornerstones of Freedom

Written by Marilyn Prolman


In 1792, President George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant, the man who planned the District of Colubia, decided to hold a contest. It would help them choose the architect who would design the new country's Capitol. At the last minutem they picked William Thornton. His design called for a classical building with two wings joined by a dome in the center. This is the story of the Capitol and how it has served for more than two centuries as the center of government for the United States.



The Story of the Capitol

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