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Description of Subject Matter: About the Capitol Visitor Center
The mission of the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol is to provide a welcoming and educational environment for visitors to learn about the unique characteristics of the House and the Senate and the legislative process as well as the history and development of the architecture and art of the U.S. Capitol. The Visitor Center will provide an increased focus on visitor comfort, safety and security resulting in a seamless, positive visitor experience at the U.S. Capitol. Like the words carved in marble in the Visitor Center's Exhibition Hall, "Out of Many, One," the visitor experience will be an intellectual and emotional encounter comprised of highly personal moments that will inform, involve and inspire those who come to see the U.S. Capitol.
Through national and international partnerships, outreach to schools across the country, and a vibrant Web presence, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center experience will begin for visitors long before they set foot in the Capitol. Educational materials will stimulate discussions of the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in a representative democracy and celebrate the roles that the House and the Senate play in our daily lives.
History of Building and Construction
The Capitol Visitor Center is the newest addition to the Capitol Complex. It is designed to make the U.S. Capitol more accessible, convenient, secure, and informative for millions of visitors each year.
The Capitol Visitor Center grew out of the realization that while the Capitol evolved with a changing nation and the growing needs of Congress, in recent decades it failed to keep pace with the requirements of an ever-increasing number of visitors.
The proposal for a Capitol Visitor Center began to crystallize in the mid-1970s with the issuance of the Architect of the Capitol's report "Toward a Master Plan for the United States Capitol." In 1991, Congress authorized funding for conceptual planning and design of a vis ...More...
Wikipedia Description: United States Capitol Visitor Center
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The United States Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) is an addition to the United States Capitol which serves as a gathering point for up to 4,000 tourists and an expansion space for the US Congress. It is located below the East Front of the Capitol, between the Capitol and 1st Street East. The complex contains 580,000 square feet (54,000 m2) of space below ground on three floors. The overall project's budget was $621 million.
The CVC has space for use by the Congress, including multiple new meeting and conference rooms. On the House side, there is a large room which will most likely be used by a committee. The new Congressional Auditorium, a 450-seat theater, will be available for use by members of Congress or for either House of Congress should their respective chamber be unavailable.
The CVC officially opened on December 2, 2008. This date was selected to coincide with the 145th anniversary of placing Thomas Crawford's Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol building in 1863, signifying the completion of construction of its dome.
The CVC contains three under-ground levels: a balcony level entrance, the Emancipation Hall (second) level and a third restricted level for new Congressional offices and meeting rooms. The construction of the CVC represents the largest-ever expansion of the United States Capitol and more than doubles the footprint of the US Capitol building complex.
Construction of the CVC is supervised by the Architect of the Capitol. That post was held Alan Hantman, FAIA until his term expired on February 4, 2007; the Architect of the Capitol position is currently vacant, and Deputy Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, is currently serving as the acting Architect.
The ceremonial ground breaking for the CVC took place on June 20, 2000. Although originally planned to be completed by January 2004, the final completion date (not includ ...More...
Specific picture descriptions: Photos above with "i" icons next to the bracketed sequence numbers (e.g. " ") are described as follows:
CAPVC_130218_18.JPG: This sandstone was originally part of the United States Capitol’s East Front, constructed in 1824-1826. It was quarried by laborers, including enslaved African Americans, and commemorates their important role in building the Capitol.
CAPVC_130218_33.JPG: Raoul Wallenberg
Raoul Wallenberg's mission of mercy on behalf of the United States during World War II was unprecedented in the history of mankind. He was responsible for saving tens of thousands of lives during the Holocaust. A shining light in the dark and depraved world, he proved that one person with the courage to care can make a difference.
Dedicated on November 2, 1995,
Fifty years after his disappearance
CAPVC_130218_45.JPG: Sojourner Truth
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2013 photos: So far, I'm mostly using my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I'm also using a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year have been limited to a Civil War Trust conference in Memphis.