Capitol Cornerstone Ceremony - 1793

Allyn Cox

Oil on Canvas



The Capitol's first cornerstone was laid on September 18, 1793, by President Washington in a Masonic ceremony. The ceremony was preceded by a parade and followed by celebration and feasting.


This painting appears in the Cox Corridors in the House Wing of the U.S. Capitol Building. For more information on this corridor visit:


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Taken on October 12, 2011