United States Capitol Building (Photographic Images)

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Two Photographic Images Stereoviews With Sepia: United States Capitol Building (b.1865) soon after the Civil War. The two B/W images show the Capitol building with a just completed dome. Trolley tracks on a all dirt street, probable in commemoration of the magnificent completion of the building in mid to late Spring 1865, before the death of President Lincoln. Photographic Images: c.1865 - 3 1/4 x 3 mounted 3 1/2 x 7 unknown photographer, with a flat orange mount, classic stereoview with sepia age-toning seen.  Overall, fine condition. 

The photograph images positioning are the same with a change in light aperture and time of day (i.e., early or late afternoon in day) with no movement of business outside the Capitol. 

The original building was completed in the year 1800 and was subsequently expanded, particularly with the addition of the massive dome. Like the principal buildings of the executive and judicial branches, the Capitol is built in a distinctive neoclassical style and has a white exterior. 

Both its east and west elevations are formally referred to as fronts, though only the east front was intended for the reception of visitors and dignitaries. 

Often called Capitol Hill, is the seat of the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It sits atop Capitol Hill, at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C..

Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District’s street-numbering system and the District’s four quadrants.