Capitol Plans 11 Ounce Gray Mug
- Bone china
- 11 oz.
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired as second architect of the United States Capitol building and first oversaw construction of the south wing, then later reconstruction of the building after it was damaged by fire. Had his plans been selected, this rendering would have been what we call the United States Capitol. Teaming the 18th century architectural proposal with a calming gray tone, this design depicted on fine bone china is a fun spin on what might have been.
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.