U.S. Capitol

What are all those tiny little elf-doors scattered throughout the U.S. Capitol?

When you visit the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. try not to get too caught up in the splendor and instead, look down. Chances are you'll see a tiny little elf-door somewhere along the wall. In fact, they are scattered throughout the U.S. Capitol building but most visitors never notice them. The tiny doors serve as more than just a conversation piece or humorous Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab article. At one time, they served an important function. But we have to look way back in time to understand how those tiny little doors kept the Capitol building safe. The Christmas Eve Capitol fire On Christmas Eve in 1851, a guard (John Jones) was making his rounds through the Capitol building when he noticed a flicker of light