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Members of the House of Representatives sit in unassigned armchairs arranged in a semicircle on tiered platforms that face the Speaker's rostrum. Behind the rostrum is a frontispiece with Ionic columns made of black Italian marble with white Alabama marble capitals. An American flag occupies the center and is flanked by two bronze faces. The chamber's lower walls are walnut paneled with intervening light grey Genevieve Sheldorado marble pilasters. A gallery for visitors and the press corps rings the chamber
The House Chamber, also known as the "Hall of the House of Representatives,"...

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View of the U.S. Capitol Building from above at dusk
In order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to preserve the...

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Yellow flowers in front of the Capitol Building
The Architect of the Capitol annually publishes a wide variety of publications...

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The United States Capitol in 1846, with its original dome designed by Charles Bulfinch
Throughout the U.S. Capitol Building’s 220-year history, there have been many...

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EVENTS

Dec
30
Tue
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Holiday Events, Music Events
Evenings at the Conservatory are magical! Join us for live seasonal music in the Garden Court.  Please note: Limited seating available on a first come, first served basis.  Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays December 4 - 30, 2014 Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Garden Court FREE: No pre-registration required  For a complete calendar of events at the U.S. Botanic Garden... More »
Dec
31
Wed
DAILY
Event Location:
Capitol Grounds
Event Tags:
Holiday Events, Kid Friendly Events
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit from nightfall (around 5 p.m.) until 11 p.m. each evening now through January 1, 2015. The tree was first lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2.  This year's tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, will travel from Minnesota... More »
Dec
31
Wed
DAILY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Exhibit, Holiday Events
Each year, the U.S. Botanic Garden creates displays to give visitors one of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant parts. Don't worry if you... More »

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