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"A Modest Entry" Vies for Capitol Design Competition Prize

The entries submitted in response to Thomas Jefferson's call for an open competition to design the new Capitol building reflected the range of talent evident amongst America's architects and builders, both amateur and professional. Most of the [...]

The Winning Capitol Design Adopts Classical Elements

The design eventually adopted for the Capitol building was based on the floor plan of the winning competition entry, submitted by Dr. William Thornton. Thornton's design, however, was heavily augmented and adapted. Thomas Jefferson had suggested the [...]

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