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United States Capitol - 1846

This 1846 photograph by John Plumbe is among the earliest known of the Capitol. It shows the building's first dome, which was made of brick, wood, and copper and designed by Architect of the Capitol Charles Bulfinch.


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Taken sometime in 1846