Not lions but large cats. The history of the building shows the pressure on architects in Washington DC to harmonize with the dominant neoclassical architecture. The architect, Bertram Goodhue, had wanted to produce a “building of the irregular character” that would be “practical and convenient without regard for symmetry.”. I do like the cats and owls though.
Still another majestic part of nature adorning DC architecture. This is the sunrise this morning on the Capitol dome. I wish I had a better camera with me.