Main elevation of Capitol competition entry by James Diamond, 1792
Eighteen drawings by 10 draftsmen survive, including one by James Diamond, a builder most likely from Maryland. “This is the one that we all adore, in a funny way,” says Moeller. The design shows a basic understanding of composition on Diamond’s part. And yet, says Moeller, “It is hard to get past what we call the ‘screaming chicken.’” The weathercock on the building’s dome is clearly out of proportion.