United States Capitol building.

Capitol

United States Capitol building.

An illustration of the Capitol building in Washington DC.

Capitol Building

An illustration of the Capitol building in Washington DC.

The United States Capitol serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Although not in the geographic center of the District of Columbia, the Capitol is the origin by which the quadrants of the district are divided. Officially, both the east and west sides of the Capitol are referred to as "fronts." Historically, however, the east front was initially the side of the building intended for the arrival of visitors and dignitaries.

Capitol Building

The United States Capitol serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress, the legislative…

The capital city of the United States of America.

District of Columbia

The capital city of the United States of America.

Fort Washington was the only defense that the capital had at the beginning of the Civil War.

Fort Washington

Fort Washington was the only defense that the capital had at the beginning of the Civil War.

The residence was rechristened "Kalorama", Greek for "beautiful view", by its new owner, American author Joel Barlow, who lived in the home until shortly before his death in 1812.

Kalorama

The residence was rechristened "Kalorama", Greek for "beautiful view", by its new owner, American author…

"Long Bridge across the Potomac at Washington, D.C." -Gordy, 1916

Potomac River Long Bridge

"Long Bridge across the Potomac at Washington, D.C." -Gordy, 1916