Small House Rotunda

The small circular vestibule leading into National Statuary Hall is called the "Small House Rotunda." It was constructed in 1807 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, President Jefferson's surveyor of public buildings. The columns supporting the dome were modeled after those on the Tower of the Winds in Athens and are the oldest extant Grecian columns in America. Fortunately they and the rest of the vestibule survived the fires set by the British army and navy when they burned the Capitol on August 24, 1814.