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Ask CNN: Why Is the Capitol Built With Marble?

Aired January 5, 2001 - 1:45 p.m. ET

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DAVID LUDLOW, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Hi. I'm David Ludlow. I'm from Melbourne, Australia. I've been visiting Washington, the USA, and I was wondering, why are most of your buildings made with marble?

CHRYSANTE BROIKOS, CURATOR, NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM: Well, David, you're right to notice that the Capitol is made of marble. There are a number of important buildings here in Washington that are also built with marble, including the Supreme Court and the Washington Monument.

The Capitol was actually initially built using sandstone, but after a few years, it started to deteriorate. And when the building was expanded, they began to incorporate more and more marble into its design.

Marble is actually a very beautiful stone, very pleasing to the eye. It has a lot of intricate designs and a little bit of differentiation in color, so it kind of catches your eye.

It's used on the exterior and also on the interior. A lot of columns, for example, come from marble.

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