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The United States Capitol,Washington, D.C.

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The United States Capitol,Washington, D.C. _Designed by approx ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26032 ) _The United States Capitol, atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is the seat of the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government, completed in the year 1800. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol is the origin point at which the District's four quadrants meet, and around which the city was laid out.Like the principal buildings of the executive and judicial branches, the Capitol is built in a distinctive neoclassical style and has a white exterior. Though both its east and west elevations are formally referred to as fronts, only the east front was intended for the reception of visitors and dignitaries.In 2014 the appearance of the Capitol dome was altered by the scaffolding erected for the Dome Restoration Project, which is scheduled to be completed by early 2017. _Prior to establishing the nation's capital in Washington, D.C., the United States Congress and its predecessors had met in Philadelphia (Independence Hall and Congress Hall), New York City (Federal Hall), and a number of other locations (Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland, Nassau Hall in Princeton, New Jersey).In September 1774, the First Continental Congress brought together delegates from the colonies in Philadelphia, followed the Second Continental Congress, which met from May 1775 to March 1781. _After adopting the Articles of Confederation, the Congress of the Confederation was formed and convened in Philadelphia from March 1781 until June 1783, when a mob of angry soldiers converged upon Independence Hall, demanding payment for their service during the American Revolutionary War. Congress requested that John Dickinson, the Governor of Pennsylvania, call up the militia to defend Congress from attacks by the protesters. In what became known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, Dickinson sympathized with the protesters and refused to remove them from Philadelphia. As a result, Congress was forced to flee to Princeton, New Jersey, on June 21, 1783, and met in Annapolis, Maryland and Trenton, New Jersey before ending up in New York City. _Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who had designed the basic plan of Washington, was also expected to design the Capitol. Claiming that the plan was “in his head,” however, L’Enfant refused to submit drawings or work with local commissioners, and President George Washington was forced to dismiss him. A plan by William Thornton, a versatile physician with no formal architectural training, was eventually accepted, though it was submitted months after the closure of a design competition held in 1792. Thomas Jefferson, who was then secretary of state, was impressed with Thornton’s design.The cornerstone was laid by Washington on September 18, 1793. Because Thornton had no knowledge of building technology, the construction was initially supervised by the runner-up in the competition, Stephen Hallet. Hallet attempted to alter many of Thornton’s plans and was quickly replaced, first by George Hadfield and later by James Hoban, the architect who designed the White House.
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SKU 10000489
Length [mm] 184.9
Width [mm] 79.23
Height [mm] 63.03
Volume [cm³] 140.41
Area [cm²] 482.33
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