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King of the Hill: 1908

King of the Hill: 1908

Circa 1908. "North view of United States Capitol, Washington, D.C." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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This was probably taken from the roof of the brand-new Senate Office Building (later the Old SOB after the New SOB was built in the 1950s, now the Russell SOB since the Hart SOB was built in the 1970s.) I worked in it for 10 years, at the Armed Services Committee chambers, right off the rotunda.

Large fountain on left center of photo

Thought there was a very large pond / fountain on east side of US Capitol? Or did it come later, say ~1922?

[You're on the wrong side. The Reflecting Pool faces the Capitol's West Front. - Dave]

Yes the Capitol Reflecting Pool came many years later & is on the West side of the Capitol, between 1st & 3rd Sts NW & SW. This pic was taken in NE facing south. Between the Capitol and 1st St NE & SE where 2 large parking areas were until the Visitor Center showed up a few years ago. Part of that parking area was the pool / "pond" / fountain that was paved over. 20's, 30's or maybe a little later. Maybe someone can find & post a pic. My Mom & her family lived at 216 Maryland Ave NE & her & her 2 brothers would go play around the "pool" - 1923 to 1925. Guess it's time to visit the Architect of the Capitol for his pictures.

Butler Mansion

The blockish building beyond the steps to the House is the former Butler Mansion, previously seen at Public Health: 1914.

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