In 1792, President George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant, the man who planned the District of Columbia, decided to hold a contest. It would help them choose the architect who would design the new country's Capitol. At the last minute, they picked William Thornton. His design called for a classical building with two wings joined by a dome in the center. This illustrated Weekly Reader Book for children is the story of the Capitol and how it has served for more than two centuries as the center of government for the U.S.
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