Foundations for a Nation: Architectural Images

From the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

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To today’s visitor, the U.S. Capitol and White House buildings are so familiar they feel both permanent and inevitable. 

In the early nineteenth century, however, the look and use of these symbols of democracy went through many changes. 

Foundations for a Nation explores how public competitions, the preferences of individual presidents, and unanticipated historical events shaped Washington’s iconic landmarks.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Architecture
  • American
  • History

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