ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
September 18, 1793
Ground Breaking Takes Place for the
United States Capitol Building
On this day in 1793, construction of the U.S. Capitol Building officially begins with a ceremony in which George
Washington, dressed in Masonic attire, laid the cornerstone.
The Senate wing of the building was completed in 1800 and the House wing was completed in 1811, just in time to
have the building partially burned by the British on August 24, 1814 in the War of 1812.
Reconstruction began in 1815 and was completed in 1819.