U.S. Capitol Building Scale Model
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- 4 ¾ X 3 3/8 X 3 ¼ inches
- Gift boxed
This stunning scale-model of the U.S. Capitol Building is made from clear crystal with a fine silver finish. It sits on a base of black glass and reflective mirror, which create a magnificent shine. This intricately detailed replica of an iconic American building is an astonishing piece and makes a beautiful gift.
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.