Slide Title

Washington Capitol


Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


image preview


Spring 4-1975


A view of the expansive United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The Capitol building covers approximately four acres of land and is host to 3-5 million visitors every year. First built in 1793, the home of the Senate and House of Representatives has undergone many changes in over 200 years of existence. It was destroyed in 1814 when British troops set fire to the building during the War of 1812. The Capitol was rebuilt over a period of several years, yet restoration and expansion have continued throughout the life of the sturcture.



This object from the Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, housed by the Rhode Island College Special Collections, and any of its digital surrogates are the intellectual property of Rhode Island College. This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights. The digital material presented here is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This content can be used, shared, or adapted for educational and scholarly purposes. For permissions to use this item please contact All uses must include appropriate attribution.

Recommended Citation

Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


capitol city; architecture; capitol building;