The Hall of Capitols

Allyn Cox (1896-1982) painted the Hall of Capitols in the eastern north-south corridor of the Capitol’s House wing, starting work in 1973 and finishing in 1974. These murals tell the story of the U.S. Capitol. Grouped in four panels are paintings of the sixteen buildings that housed the Continental and the U.S. Congresses from 1754-1865. Portraits of the nine men who have served as Architect of the Capitol from 1793-1995 are in the groined vaults of the ceilings. In the barrel vaults of the ceilings are eight historic events that occurred during the first 65 years of the Capitol’s existence.

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The Capitol Collection: Artwork at the U.S. Capitol