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It was in this room in that the Marquis de Lafayette became the first foreign citizen to address Congress. Initially all of the state statues were placed in the Hall. Bronze markers were placed on the floor to honor the presidents who served in the House of Representatives while it met here.
The fate of the vacated Hall remained uncertain for many years, although various proposals were put forth for its use. More drastic was the suggestion that the entire Hall be dismantled and replaced by two floors of committee rooms.
The lack of wall space effectively prevented the hanging of large paintings, but the room seemed well suited to the display of statuary.
At that time, the original fireplaces were uncovered and replicas of early mantels were installed. John Quincy Adams, in particular, has long been associated with the Chamber. While most wall surfaces are painted plaster, the low gallery walls and pilasters are sandstone. Unfortunately, the smooth, curved ceiling promoted annoying echoes, making it difficult to conduct business.
Around the room's perimeter stand colossal columns of variegated breccia marble quarried along the Potomac River. The sandstone relief eagle in the frieze of the entablature below was carved by Giuseppe Valaperta. Special events held in the room include activities honoring foreign dignitaries and every four years Congress hosts a newly inaugurated President of the United States for a luncheon. It was here in that he was elected President by the House of Representatives, none of the candidates having secured a majority of electoral votes. The legislation also provided for the replacement of the chamber's floor, which was leveled and covered with the marble tile currently in the Hall.
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