U.S. Capitol Dome Canvas Print
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- 10 X 8 inches
- Ready to hang
The beautiful U.S. Capitol is an imposing and impressive building set on the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Printed on canvas and ready to hang, this detail of the Capitol's resplendent dome at night is a powerful capture of this icon of the American people and government.
The U.S. Capitol was built atop Jenkins' Hill, now often referred to as "Capitol Hill," in 1793. In accordance with the "Residence Act" passed by Congress in 1790, President Washington in 1791 selected the area that is now the District of Columbia to serve as the nation's capital. French engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant was charged with planning the new city of Washington. He located the U.S. Capitol Building at the elevated east end of the National Mall. The site was, in L'Enfant's words, "a pedestal waiting for a monument." As the country grew, so did Capitol Hill, with the construction of buildings housing the Congress, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Botanic Garden.