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Longitudinal Section of the Hall of Representatives, by B. Henry Latrobe, 1804

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Shown in the center of the drawing is a seated figure of Liberty later modeled by Giuseppe Franzoni. The statue was placed above the Speaker's rostrum (not shown) and, along with the drapery and carved eagle, helped give the chamber a strong focal point.  Large, tapering skylights in the ceiling were designed to please President Thomas Jefferson, who had admired a similar arrangement in Paris. The chamber was destroyed by the British in 1814.

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