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The United States Capitol Building is a moderately difficult Metal Earth model consisting of 36 pieces on two sheets of metal. It measures 4.17" x 1.56" x 1.95" (10.7 x 4 x 5 cm) when assembled. The Capitol is where the US Congress meets.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
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; the US Congress sits atop Capitol 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.
With all the new states entering the Union, legislators 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. Even though Congress has become almost completely dysfunctional and is highly unpopular, the Capitol remains an instantly recognizable icon of American democracy.