Capitol from Afar : July 06, 2008

Capitol from Afar
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File Name: 20D_33684
Model: Canon EOS 20D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6
Date: 07.05.08 8:43pm
Focal Length: 250mm (400mm)
Shutter: 1/25 s
F-Stop: F11
ISO: 400
Program: Aperture priority
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Flash: Off
Focus Mode: Manual focus

Capitol from Afar

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  • The Building
    • Year completed: 1886
    • Original cost: $2,873,294.59
    • Dimensions: 363 ft. 8 in. from north to south; 246 ft. 11 in. from east to west
    • Number of steps from the second floor to the dome: 298
    • Number of different types of marble used in the interior: 29
    • Weight of each brass chandelier in the Senate Chamber: 500 lbs.
    • Number of crystals in each chandelier in the House Chamber: 5,600
    • Number of fireplaces in the building: 24
  • The Dome
    • Height of dome: 275 feet above the ground floor
    • Diameter of dome: 80 feet
    • Type of gold: 23 karat
    • Combined weight of gold: 100 troy ounces
    • Thickness of gold: 1/250,000th of an inch
    • Original total cost of gilding the dome: $3,500
    • Total cost of regilding the dome in 1927: $16,500
    • Total cost of regilding the dome in 1965: $79,938
    • Total cost of regilding the dome in 1998-99: Approximately $400,000

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