A Design for the Capitol
Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820)
[U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.;
Principal Floor Plan, Vestibule, House of Representatives, Senate
Graphite, ink, and watercolor on paper, April 24, 1817
Prints & Photographs
Gift of William Morrow Roosevelt, 1975 (139.2)
Thomas Jefferson appointed Benjamin Henry Latrobe "Surveyor of
the Public Buildings" of the U.S., putting him in charge of the
completion of the Capitol, the White House, and many other projects.
In 1815, in response to increased and projected space needs, Latrobe
redesigned the main floor of the Capitol, placing the congressional
library on this level, with the rotunda serving as its entrance.
But the large scale of the 1815 congressional purchase of Jefferson's
library, made this plan obsolete even before construction began.