US Capitol in 1814

Title

US Capitol in 1814

Description

British troops invaded Washington during the War of 1812. On August 24, 1814, British soldiers marched into the city and set fire to federal buildings, including the U.S. Capitol. At the time, the Capitol only consisted of two wings; the connecting Rotunda was not yet built. Fireproof building materials protected the exterior structure, but the interior was severely damaged. The wing for the House of Representatives was worst hit. The fire there was so intense that glass lamps melted. This engraving was made in the fall of 1814, when Congress debated whether to rebuild the Capitol or move back to Philadelphia.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1814

Coverage

Original Format

Hand-colored aquatint.

Description

British troops invaded Washington during the War of 1812. On August 24, 1814, British soldiers marched into the city and set fire to federal buildings, including the U.S. Capitol. At the time, the Capitol only consisted of two wings; the connecting Rotunda was not yet built. Fireproof building materials protected the exterior structure, but the interior was severely damaged. The wing for the House of Representatives was worst hit. The fire there was so intense that glass lamps melted. This engraving was made in the fall of 1814, when Congress debated whether to rebuild the Capitol or move back to Philadelphia.

Creator

William Strickland (engraver)

Date

1814

Coverage

1800-1829

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.