In the late 19th century the architectural style of the Thomas Jefferson Building was said to be "Italian Renaissance." Today, it is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. It is a style perfectly suited to a young, wealthy, and imperialistic nation in its Gilded Age.
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Military Bands Summer Concert Series 2014 - U.S. Marine Band

Event Location: 
United States Capitol
U.S. Marine Band - Wednesday and some Thursday Evenings

U.S. Marine Band - Wednesday and some Thursday Evenings
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27

The 2014 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Navy Band on Monday, June 2, 2014. All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front Steps (National Mall side) - weather permitting.

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