United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Capitol, west side © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0

U.S. Capitol, west side © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0

The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer 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.

The original building was completed in 1800. It was partly destroyed in the 1814 burning of Washington, then was fully restored within five years. The building was later enlarged, with the addition of a massive dome, and extended wings with expanded chambers for the bicameral legislature, the House of Representatives in the south wing and the Senate in the north wing. Like the principal buildings of the executive and judicial branches, the Capitol is built in the neoclassic 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.

Obama Health Care Speech to Joint Session of Congress © whitehouse.gov - Lawrence Jackson U.S. Capitol at Dusk © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0 U.S. Capitol, east side © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0 U.S. Capitol, west side © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0 Capitol Hill, U.S. Capitol and the National Mall © Architect of the Capitol's Office Magnolia's bloom on the U.S. Capitol grounds © Sdkb/cc-by-sa-4.0 National Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum © AgnosticPreachersKid/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Obama Health Care Speech to Joint Session of Congress © whitehouse.gov - Lawrence Jackson
The Capitol building is marked by its central dome above a rotunda in the central section of the structure (which also includes the older original smaller center flanked by the two original (designed 1793, occupied 1800) smaller two wings (inner north) and inner south) containing the two original smaller meeting chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives (between 1800 and late 1850s) and then flanked by two further extended (newer) wings, one also for each chamber of the larger, more populous Congress: the new north wing is the Senate chamber and the new south wing is the House of Representatives chamber. Above these newer chambers are galleries where visitors can watch the Senate and House of Representatives. It is an example of neoclassical architecture.

Tunnels and internal subways connect the Capitol building with the Congressional office buildings in the Capitol Complex. All rooms in the Capitol are designated as either S (for Senate) or H (for House), depending on whether they are in the Senate or House wing of the Capitol.

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