Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Volume 1

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Collier's New Encyclopedia
Volume 1
Edition of 1921; disclaimer. See also this volume's Commons gallery.


The Capitol CNE-v1-front.jpg
Copyright Harris & Ewing
THE CAPITOL, WASHINGTON


The Capitol, looking toward the East Front. It is on the central portico of this front that inauguration ceremonies take place. The corner stone of the Capitol was laid by George Washington in 1793. The North Wing was completed in 1800 and became the seat of government immediately. The central part was begun in 1818, under the direction of the famous American architect, Charles Bulfinch. The extensions were begun in 1851 and completed in 1859.

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