Murals in the Cox Corridors

Three corridors on the first floor of the Capitol's House wing are elaborately decorated with murals painted on canvas applied to the walls. The murals are related to the development and growth of the United States, set within an architectural framework of pilasters and illusionistic classical carvings. Artist Allyn Cox (1896-1982) created designs for all three corridors and painted two of them between 1973 and 1982: the "Hall of Capitols," which features buildings that housed the Continental and United States Congresses, and the "Great Experiment Hall," which chronicles the legislative milestones of three centuries. In 1993-1994 the "Westward Expansion Corridor" was executed by EverGreene Painting Studios, Inc.; it includes maps and scenes showing the growth of the United States from early exploration through the acquisition of Alaska and Hawaii. Cox's other work in the Capitol includes the completion of the Rotunda frieze in 1953, the portrait of Henry Clay in the Senate Reception Room, and the mural depicting the moon landing in the north Brumidi Corridor.