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Corn Capital, by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1809

Mon, 2013-02-18 11:44 -- administrator

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe designed six sandstone columns for the vestibule of the original Senate Chamber. He depicted stalks, husks, cobs, and kernels of corn to create a unique column style—“corn order.” Installed in 1809, the columns are among the few architectural features that survived Britain’s 1814 burning of the Capitol.

First image: Collection of the U.S. Senate

Second image: Architect of the Capitol

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