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Then & Now: O'Neill House Office Building

By Erin Nelson

A brief history of the O'Neill Building.

Federal Office Building No. 8, now known as the O’Neill House Office Building, under original construction. Photo courtesy of the FDA.
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His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
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The Grant Memorial and Capitol Reflecting Pool.
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A garden gnome placed in an open "tiny" door in the U.S. Capitol.
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Drawing of the U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, George Munger, 1814
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The Capitol Crypt, which now houses statuary and exhibitions, was once used as an informal storage space where bicycles were parked, seen here circa 1900.
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State of the Union on January 24, 2012
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Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.
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Hundreds of media outlets from around the world cover the Presidential Inauguration.
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The bronze Amateis Doors are on display in the House Wing of the U.S. Capitol, across from the Bulfinch stairway near the Memorial Door entrance.
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