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A Capital Idea
The US Capitol is one of our more elaborate wooden building puzzles with 277 pieces. It's designed for ages 9 and up. Assembled, the Capitol 3D puzzle measures 21.3" x 9.5" x 8.5" (54.1 x 24.1 x 21.6 cm).
3D wooden puzzles come die-cut on 3mm-thick sheets of high-grade wood, complete with sandpaper. They include a picture of the final assembled model and a numbered chart to help you out if you get stuck. Painted, varnished, or left as natural wood, historical puzzles deliver a challenging, educational and creative activity. No tools or glue are necessary, although you might want to use a bit of white glue if you're assembling your model for permanent display. Some pieces may come pre-painted. Background illustration is not included. Congress not included.
Are You Curious...?
The Capitol is where Congress meets. Although it's not the geographic center of Washington, DC, it is the point that divides the quadrants of the planned city. Thomas Jefferson named it The Capitol, rather than the Congress House, after a Roman temple on Capitoline Hill. In 1792 Jefferson announced a design competition for the Capitol and the President's House. The prize was $500 and some land in the city. The winner was an amateur architect to entered at the last minute. Ground was broken in 1793 and the building wasn't finished until 1811. Then along came the War of 1812. The British torched the new building in 1814; it was rebuilt by 1819.
Legislators from all of the new states entering the Union soon outgrew the original building, so it was expanded in the 1850s -- with most of the work done by slaves. The building finally got its current appearance with the big cast-iron dome in 1855, and it's been altered and added onto a few times since then.