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United States Capitol

The United States Capitol is the building which serves as home for the legislative branch of the United States government. It is located atop Capitol Hill[?] in Washington, D.C.. The building is characterized by a central dome and two wings - one for each branch of Congress. The north wing is home of the Senate, the south wing is home of the House of Representatives.

Construction of the Capitol building began in 1793. The Senate wing was completed in 1800, while the House wing was completed in 1811. Shortly after completion, it was partially burned down by the British. Reconstruction began in 1815, and was completed by 1830. The building was expanded dramatically in the 1850s. The Architect Benjamin Latrobe is principally connected with the original construction and many innovative interior features whilst Thomas U Walter was responsible for the wing extensions and the "wedding cake" dome. In 1863 Armed Freedom[?], a colossal statue, was added to the top of the dome.

See also Congressional Subway.



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