By John M. Taylor - Special to The Washington Times Shares
By 1850, Mr. Gugliotta, a longtime reporter for The Washington Post, writes, "walls were cracking, roofs sagged, timbers rotted. The Senate sweltered in the summer but was so cold in winter that the inhabitants wrapped themselves in quilts and blankets."
For him, Mr. Gugliotta writes, "the Capitol was less a meeting hall than a cathedral - an enduring and unforgettable monument to the greatness, not only of God and the Republic, but also of Montgomery C. Meigs."