Wednesday, July 13, 2011

White House

July 10, 1790:

With the passage of the Residence Act, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to locate the nation's capital on a 10-square-mile site along the Potomac River on land ceded for that purpose by Maryland. President George Washington chose the specific site over a similar tract offered by Virginia, and also selected three commissioners to survey the site and oversee the capital city's design and construction. To plan the new city of Washington, the commissioners named French engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who based his design on the gardens at France's Palace of Versailles.

A virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol

And so it goes...

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