Baltimore’s role in building the US Capitol

As part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s annyal fall symposium, Scholar Ben Schwantes will present his research on Baltimore’s Poole and Hunt Foundry and the building of the US Capitol Building.

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society Annual Fall Symposium on the Art and Architectural History of the Capitol

Friday, October 26

Speakers include:

Gordon Brown

“Polymath in the Federal City: Capitol Architect William Thornton and the Cultural Life of Early Washington, D.C.”

Todd Larkin

“Whose ‘State Portraits’? Assessing Republican and Royalist Interests in the Development of Trans-Atlantic Political Culture, ca. 1779-1785”

Arthur S. Marks

B. Henry Latrobe’s national orders

Benjamin Schwantes

“From Pulleys to Peristyle: Poole & Hunt and the Construction of the U.S. Capitol Dome”

Katherine Manthorne

“Vixen or Visionary: Vinnie Ream and the Art World of the 1870s”

The conference will be held in room G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.


  • 8:30 am: Registration opens
  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am: Morning Session
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Session and Closing Reception

Free and open to the public.


Pre-registration is encouraged, though not required.

Email or call (202) 543-8919 x. 38 and provide:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email address

Donations gladly accepted. Mail a check made out to USCHS or call (202) 543-8919 to donate by credit card.