Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Lenthall, 1 July 1806

1 July 1806


Report of the State & progress made on the South Wing of the Capitol from May 15th to July 1st 1806

Freestone Work

The Northwest pier & Antaes with their Capitals Set Compleat.

Eleven Column Capitals set on the West fourteen blocks of the Architrave set on the West equal to ¼ of the whole circumference

there are 9 more prepared ready for setting, and others in hand—

There are 20 blocks of the Modillion bed of Cornice wrought equal to 100 feet in length and 80 Caissons and flowers Cut in the Soffeits of the same—

Four pier blocks in the recess with their rustics & 4 Door Architrave blocks set making a height of 9.f. 6i. from the Base line.—


Put together 110 ribs for the Dome making in all 180 ribs which are as far prepared as can be of service until they are set on the walls.

Prepared all the Groins & other Centering for the Ground Story. Set on the walls the groined Centering of the Octangular Vestibule together with 10 others for Venetian doors Niches &c and Centers for three Arches in the Staircase put together ready for fixing in the Sash frames for the East front of the Office Story & the seatblocks Arches and Jamnbs for the same prepared ready by the stone cutter The shutters backs Elbows soffeits & Architraves for the Hall of Representatives are in a state of preparation.


Raised all the Ground story of the recess to the springing line of the Vaults except so much of the front & adjoining wall as are necessarily kept down for want of the freestone work. All the Arches of the Doors and Niches in the Oct. Vestibule turned together with 8 groin points on the Vault to the height of 2 feet likewise three Arches in the Staircase are turned.

For BH Latrobe

Jno Lenthall

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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