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This 1852 lithograph depicts extensions to Thornton's House and Senate Wings; the additions, authorized in 1851, were not yet constructed. (Library of Congress)

A Capitol Vision From a Self-Taught Architect

In 1792, William Thornton designed America's defining monument, where a new visitor center opens in December

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Writer Fergus M. Bordewich's most recent book is Washington: The Making of the American Capital.

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