The Capitol: An American Icon

This program is one of three parts of the Capitol History Video Collection which can be obtained at 
The first… read more

This program is one of three parts of the Capitol History Video Collection which can be obtained at 

The first program on the U.S. Capitol 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. An additional segment highlighted conservation efforts to preserve the art and architecture of the Capitol, such as the eight large paintings in the Rotunda and the eagle in the Old Senate Chamber. 

Videotaped portions of interviews with several House and Senate members as well as tours by Capitol officials were shown, including interviews with the curators at the Capitol responsible for restoration projects. Additionally, portions of an interview with U.S. Senate Curator Diane Skvarla were included. 

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. close

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

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Program ID:
C-SPAN Specials
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 23, 2006
Last Aired:
Nov 25, 2006

Airing Details

  • Nov 23, 2006 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 23, 2006 | 11:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 24, 2006 | 1:07pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 24, 2006 | 10:32pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 25, 2006 | 1:32am EST | C-SPAN 1

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