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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Original U.S. Capitol Columns

These Columns were originally built as part of the east portico of the Capitol in 1828, long before the familiar Capitol dome was completed. However, when the dome was completed in 1866, it appeared inadequately supported by the columns, because the iron dome was significantly larger than the dome that the designer envisioned. To correct this visual illusion, an addition to the east side of the Capitol was constructed in 1958 and the columns were removed.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2017
Date Uploaded: 07.2017
Photo Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T6i
Copyright: © Chip Anthony