U.S. Capitol Gatehouses, Fifteenth & Seventeenth Streets at Constitution Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
For related documentation, see also U.S. Capitol, Gateposts (HABS DC-35) and Bulfinch Capitol Gatepost (HABS DC-719).
Significance: There seems to be no definite information as to when the Capitol setting was completed and the grounds enclosed, or to the authorship of the design for the fence, piers, and lodges. In view of the persistent attribution to Bullfinch his authorship perhaps may be accepted. The design however is much more in the spirit of Latrobe's work, but it may have been that Bullfinch subordinated his own taste to that of Latrobe, and designed the lodges and piers to harmonize with the basement story of the Capitol, designed by the latter.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-16
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-115
Survey number: HABS DC-31
Building/structure dates: ca. 1825- ca. 1829 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: ca. 1870 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: ca. 1939 Subsequent Work