The Brumidi Corridors

The Architect of the Capitol's Curator Division launched a 10-year Brumidi Corridor conservation plan to restore the murals, beginning with a pilot project. The conservation work was then completed in phases in the main corridor, elevator corridor, west corridor, and the north entry with new techniques and additional artistic elements. The Brumidi Corridors, intricately decorated from floor to ceiling, were designed and painted by Constantino Brumidi from 1857 to 1859. The murals depict hundreds of animals, insects, flowers, fruits, classical figures and symbols, and historical portraits and scenes. The corridor walls have been regularly exposed to wear, and in early decades were repaired and repainted, obscuring the original colors and intricate details.