Virtual Tour

These columns are from the east front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. They were taken down in 1958 when new, larger marble ones were ready to take their place. Before they came down, though, most of the presidents from Andrew Jackson (1829) to Dwight D. Eisenhower (1957) were sworn in as president in front of them. (Check out this web site for a list of all the presidents and where and when they were sworn in: Which presidents besides Jackson and Eisenhower stood at these columns?)

Chief Justice John Marshall   Candace pretending to be sworn in
Chief Justice John Marshall administering the oath of office to Andrew Jackson on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1829.

 Photograph of ceiling mural by Cox, east front, U.S. Capitol. Architect of the Capitol. Reproduction number: LC-USZC4-7731 (color film copy transparency).
  Candace pretending to be sworn in next to the National Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower   Capitol Columns at the Arboretum

President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivering his inaugural address on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, January 21, 1957.

Architect of the Capitol. Reproduction number: LC-USZC4-8008 (color film copy transparency). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., 20540 USA

  Capitol Columns at the Arboretum.

Bonus fact:
Did you know that the National Arboretum is only two miles away from the Capitol? There's a great view of the Capitol from the top of the Arboretum's highest hilltop, Mt. Hamilton. Take your family on a hike to the top for a great view!

How to find the Capitol Columns at the Arboretum:
You can see them from the National Herb Garden. Walk out through the knot garden and follow the mowed path through the grass, or take the paved Flowering Tree Walk that begins to the left of the garden.

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