The Capitol: An American Icon

The history, art, and architecture of the U.S. Capitol from its opening in 1800 to the present were featured through taped segments on the… read more

The history, art, and architecture of the U.S. Capitol from its opening in 1800 to the present were featured through taped segments on the various public and private spaces in the building, tours, and personal stories about the Capitol from members of Congress, historians and curators. Several areas rarely seen by the public, and which had never been shown on television, were highlighted throughout the three-part program.

The first program focused on the history of the building, as well as the center part of the Capitol including the Dome, Rotunda, and Crypt. Videotaped tours of spaces focused on Statuary Hall and other statuary in the building, Constantino Brumidi’s fresco, the Apotheosis of Washington, the top portions of the Capitol Dome, the basement and crypt areas, the Capitol subway system, Old Senate Baths, and tomb area. 

Videotaped portions of interviews with several House and Senate members as well as tours by Capitol officials were shown. Telephone lines were open for live viewer comments during portions of the program. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
192300-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Tour
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 31, 2006
Last Aired:
Jul 6, 2006

Airing Details

  • May 31, 2006 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 31, 2006 | 11:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 01, 2006 | 10:39pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 02, 2006 | 1:44am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 06, 2006 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 06, 2006 | 11:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1

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