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Capitol Chill: 1940

Capitol Chill: 1940

Circa 1940. "Washington snow scenes. U.S. Capitol, East Front, at night in winter." 8x10 inch safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.


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Capitol scaffolding

The Capitol dome is now encased in scaffolding, as a two year project to repair all the leaks and refurbish the dome has begun.

Wanna see those particular columns?

Don't head for the Capitol, try the National Arboretum.

Interesting pattern

The black sky has a pattern that I've only seen when you litho screen some patterns that I know as Mackey lines. Does anyone know what caused this? Oil adhesion on a drum scanner.

[Newton rings, and there is no drum scanner. -Dave]

Structural note concerning the dome

Few people realize the revolutionary nature of this majestic dome. Though inspired in European models, the structure of the double dome is made of (at the time) a revolutionary cast iron frame and skin. Begun in 1855 (replacing the dome previously built by Charles Bulfinch), the structure was designed by Thomas U. Walter. By the end of 1863 Walter was able to set the Statue of Freedom atop the dome but it was not until 1866 that Constantino Brumidi unveiled his fresco of the Apotheosis of Washington, painted around dome's oculus, signaling the conclusion of the work.

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