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Capitol Design Competition: Guidelines

In 1792, with the new nation in need of a physical structures to house its newly-elected government, Thomas Jefferson decided that the design for the Capitol building should be chosen by an open competition. In a newspaper announcement of the competition, Jefferson and Thomas Johnson specify the size and number of rooms for the Capitol, suggest that it be made of brick, and announce a prize of $500 for the winning entry.

Source | Thomas Johnson and Thomas Jefferson, "Announcement of Capitol Design Competition," Dunlap's American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia, 24 March 1792), from Library of Congress, Temple of Liberty: Building the Capitol for a New Nation,
Creator | Thomas Johnson and Thomas Jefferson
Item Type | Newspaper/Magazine
Cite This document | Thomas Johnson and Thomas Jefferson, “Capitol Design Competition: Guidelines,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed May 16, 2021,

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