Mar 7, 2012

A Capitol Dilemma

(NYTimes) By the end of February 1862, construction of the enlarged Capitol building in Washington had been suspended for nine and a half months. The federal government had begun the project 12 years earlier, intending to add new House and Senate wings at either end of the original building, topped by a majestic cast-iron dome above the old central section. But now the country was deep in civil war, and the building was left towering but unfinished. Continued