National Geographic : 1938 Jul
SPRING'S GAY BOUQUETS DECK THE NATION'S CAPITAL Iy iNational gJeograplic society Finlay Photograph by Harrison Howell Walker FEATHERY ELMS AND MISTY WISTERIA WEAVE A GARLAND FOR THE CAPITOL'S DOME George Washington officiated when, in 1793, builders laid the cornerstone of the Capitol. Congress met here first in 1800, the same year the effects of the National Government were brought in a packet boat from Philadelphia, earlier seat of national administration. During the Civil War, while armies camped across the Potomac and Washington several times was threatened, workmen were putting into place the huge iron dome. Union troops quartered in the building ate bread baked in the basement.