A review of Potomac Marble, History of the Search for the Ideal Stone
By Nancy Spannaus
March 17, 2023—In 1814, the British Army landed a humiliating blow against the United States, burning the U.S. Capitol building, the White House, and numerous military installations. Destroyed in the conflagration was the original home of the House of Representatives, which had been created by the U.S.’s first architect, Benjamin Latrobe. It had been described as “the most beautiful legislative chamber in the Western world.”


"I Have Never Seen Anything So Beautifully Magnificent" -- a review of the book Potomac Marble by Paul Kreingold on rebuilding the Capitol.