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Thomas Ustick Walter

Thomas Ustick Walter
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Unidentified Artist
Thomas Ustick Walter, 4 Sep 1804 - 3 Oct 1887
Half-plate daguerreotype
Image/Sight: 12.1 x 8.9 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/2")
Case Open: 15.2 x 23.7 x 1.2 cm (6 x 9 5/16 x 1/2")
Case Closed: 15.2 x 11.9 x 2 cm (6 x 4 11/16 x 13/16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Architect Thomas U. Walter won the competition to enlarge the United States Capitol and moved to Washington from Philadelphia in 1851 to supervise construction of his design for the building's new wings and cast-iron dome. Walter undertook other architectural projects for the federal government as well. He replaced Robert Mills as supervising architect of the Patent Office Building from 1851 to 1855, and was responsible for constructing the building's west and north wings. Despite claims to the contrary, Walter's system of construction was not fireproof, which had disastrous consequences when his Patent Office wings were consumed by fire in 1877.
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National Portrait Gallery
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