Summerhouse

Title

Summerhouse

Description

Frederick Law Olmsted designed the Summerhouse so that visitors to the Capitol could sit and rest as they toured the Capitol grounds. It contains intricate brickwork, several windows, wrought iron gates, and seating space for up to 22 people. The Summerhouse is hexagonal in shape. A fountain in the center once offered drinking water, but now is simply decorative. Olmsted originally intended to build a second summerhouse, but Congress objected.

Source

Architect of the Capitol. View original.

Date

1879 (Built)

Coverage

Physical Description

Hexagonal brick structure with windows, wrought iron gates, and seating for up to 22 people. A fountain sits at its center.

Description

Frederick Law Olmsted designed the Summerhouse so that visitors to the Capitol could sit and rest as they toured the Capitol grounds. It contains intricate brickwork, several windows, wrought iron gates, and seating space for up to 22 people. The Summerhouse is hexagonal in shape. A fountain in the center once offered drinking water, but now is simply decorative. Olmsted originally intended to build a second summerhouse, but Congress objected.

Creator

Frederick Law Olmsted

Date

1879 (Built)

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Architect of the Capitol. View original.