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1 Mr. Bratvold

2 U.S. Capitol The capital building is home to the legislative branch of the United States Government. The building was designed William Thorton, which was then revised by a committee of five, headed by Thomas Jefferson. Ahead will be a virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol building!

3 Purpose of Virtual Field Trip To learn the history of construction of the U.S. Capitol To view in inside of a historic and important building in the United States.

4 U.S. Capitol West Front of U.S. Capitol Image from

5 U.S. Capitol East Front of the U.S. Capitol, traditionally used for the entrance of visitors and diplomats Image From:

6 U.S. Capitol Aerial photo of U.S. Capitol facing the east front Photo From:

7 U.S. Capitol Building History The building was not fully complete until 1811, however in spite of an unfinished building the senate wing was finished in 1800 and the first session of congress held in the U.S. Capitol took place that year. During the War of 1812 in 1814, the Capitol was partially burned, it was rebuilt by Throughout there was a major expansion, including two new House and Senate chambers

8 Initial Floor Plan for U.S. Capitol U.S. Capitols original layout before expansions, agreed on by the committee Thomas Jefferson called on. Image from:

9 Old House Chamber In 1864 each state was asked to contribute statues of prominent citizens which are now displayed in the old house chamber Image from: z.about.com/d/dc/1/0/J/o/statuaryhall.jpg

10 Old Senate Chamber Used until 1859, when the new Senate chamber was complete. Image From:

11 Rotunda Ceiling view of the rotunda Image from:http://www.scientificpsychic.com /alpha/travel/us-capitol.html Close up of the painting on the ceiling of the rotunda hic.com/alpha/travel/us- capitol.html The painting atop the rotunda is called The Apotheosis of Washington by Constantino Brumidi

12 Crypt Initially planned to hold George Washingtons body, upon completion it was decided against, and now houses a gift shop Image From:

13 Presidents Room No longer used by the president to sign bills due to rescheduling of congresss meetings by the 20 th amendment Image From:

14 New House Chamber Image From:

15 New Senate Chamber Image From: 12)_108th_xl.jpg

16 Questions to Discuss What is the purpose of the legislative body in the U.S. Government? From which side of the Capitol would a diplomat from a foreign nation likely be welcomed into? The expansion of the U.S. capitol took place over a long span, when was it started?

17 Further Reading Java Interactive Tour Historic Events listing This week in senate history _three_sections_with_teasers/origins.htm _three_sections_with_teasers/origins.htm


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