The Recreation of a Masterpiece

One of the best features of the Capital Building in Washington is definitely the Capitol Dome. Standing at a majestic 288 ft in height, it has a diameter of 96 ft. This dome was the design of Thomas U Walter, who was also the fourth architect of the Capitol. The Dome was made between the decade 1855 and 1866 at what was then and perhaps even now an astronomical price.

The dome you see today is not the first one that was made. This first one was the result of a Capitol design contest which came about on the request of President George Washington. Dr. William Thornton was the winner of this contest and he had created his design with inspiration from the Roman Pantheon and its neo-classical design. But he never got a chance to bring his vision to life. In his place came Benjamin Henry Latrobe who was meant to work on the dome, but spent a great deal of time repair and reworking the north and south wings of the Capitol that he passed away without working on it. In his place came the Third Architect of the Capitol, Charles Bulfinch. Though he did start work on it, an oversight on his part led to the dome growing much bigger than it was anticipated.

The structure stood this way for 20 years, during which the country continued to expand and the number of people occupying and working out of the Capitol rose exponentially. It then fell on the 5th architect of the Capitol Thomas U Walter to work on the extensions of the north and the southern wings of the building. The result led to the dome looking rather unsightly in terms of aesthetics and after a great deal of lobbying, permission was granted for the creation of a new one.

Plans for the new dome came about in May 1854. It was made aesthetically well and features such as a fire-proof utility were also added. Thomas made sure to pay particular attention to architectural works such as that of the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica and more in the revamping of his design. It took 11 years for the design and construction to come together and finally on December 2nd of 1863, the statue of Freedom was placed atop the dome. Before this was done though, the design had to be altered a bit to take on the statue and this was done.

Choosing A Good Electrical Contractor To Work On Your Home

When you are building a home, you have to take into account all the important details. You need to ensure that the structure is durable and will last for years and years to come. You need to purchase the right materials for the essential sections such as the roofing, flooring, and walls. You also need to take into account the necessary utilities such as plumbing and electricity. Above all, you have to ensure the safety of your home so that everyone will able to live comfortably in it. That’s why it pays to hire the services of the right professionals, particularly where your utilities are concerned.

Let’s take for example hiring a residential electrical contractor. Why is this important and for what purpose do you need their services for? An electrical contractor is a business person or firm that performs specialized construction work. Such work is related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. They ensure these systems work in a safe, effective, and environmentally-sound manner. For those who specialize in homes and other residential structures, they are known as residential electrical contractors. They are the ones that allow your homes to be provided with an electrical system that is fully functional and safe.

Selecting qualified personnel who specializes in this field for your home or business can be challenging. It’s a lot like choosing the right person to watch over your kids while you’re away. Hence, it has to be someone competent enough to provide your home with the safe electrical system it deserves. In other words, you have to choose a professional whom you can trust with the safety of your abode. Of course, this is easier said than done. Most of the time, these professionals advertise themselves using a lot of technical jargon. As a result, ordinary people cannot comprehend their services at all.

Now the first thing you should look out for must be the technical proficiency of the professional. The one that you hire must follow recognized standards of safety and quality. It is important that the professional is licensed in the jurisdiction where your project is located. Second, make sure that the contractor is financially sound and reputable. In order to do this, thoroughly check the background of the contractor as well as what other clients have to say about them. Last but not the least, choose a contractor that has a proper understanding of the needs of your home and is able to address the same.

Museums of Interesting Things

A museum generally makes you think of a dull, uninteresting place meant only for children on field trips. There are some though, which will keep you visiting over and over again, thanks to their delightful collection of objects from all over the world.

Dime museums are a great example of a museum with lots of interesting things to see. These museums mainly showcased bizarre, often grotesque objects like two-headed creatures, and also held intriguing live performances. These are the places you could go to, to see a bearded lady or a goat boy! Before there were movie theaters, a dime museum was the place for entertainment that did not burn a hole in your pocket. Visit any of the ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ Museums and you will see what we mean.

Do not miss these too – the American Dime Museum, Baltimore, the Freakatorium, New York City, or the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, California. Next on our list of museums with interesting things are theme based ones, like the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum with its intimidating surgical instruments and medicine bottles, or the Museum of Pez Memorabilia in Burlingame, California, with over 500 Pez dispensers.

Visit the Cockroach Museum of Plano in Texas, if in the mood for looking at live and dead cockroaches, some even in costumes! Want to see more than 1,000 corkscrews under one roof? Go to the Corkscrew Museum in Provence, France. There are a number of other museums you could go to, where you can see stuff not normally showcased in museums anywhere in the world.