The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Monday, November 3, 2014

Our tour of the Capitol

After teaching our class today on the Hill.  We spent a couple of hours going through the Capitol. 
Two of our interns are doing internships with Senator Lee. One of the their responsibilities is to take people that come to the Capitol for a tour.  We asked them to give us a tour and they did a supper job of taking us all around the Capitol.  It was a two and a half hour tour.  I will post some of my pictures.

The Library of Congress is across the street from the Capitol.
 The Supreme court building is also across the street.
 You know you are around important buildings when you see these in the street.  They raise up and lower when they let you drive in.  You can see you are not going to just drive in and break the arm of a gate.  You are going to meet a metal plate unless you are permitted in.
 The Capitol building is having work done on it.  They hope to have it finished before the next presidential election. I guess the metal in the dome is having problems.

 You enter into a nice visitor center.
This is the statue of freedom.  A bronze one of this lady is on top of the dome outside. 

When a President goes out to address the people after being elected these stairs are covered with a red carpet.He comes down these stairs passes this American flag and walks out on the terrace.

Where we are standing is where the speaker of the house stands to introduce the president who stands down below by the white fence.  Then he speaks to the people.  All the presidents before Ronald Regan stood in the front then the tradition changed and they stand in the back facing the Washington memorial.  
These are our cute interns that took us on the tour.  They are Barlow students. 
This is the greatest view in the city I think. 

Senate bronze doors. 

The floors are very interesting.  When the old Capitol was finished in 1826 it had stone pavers.  When the new extensions where put in in 1851 they used these great encaustic tiles.  

A picture of the Hall of Columns.  Between these columnes are marble portraits of sculptures of notable citizens from different States. 

This is the exact middle of the building.  Right under the dome.  They have this star on each of the floors.  

The star is in the middle of these 40 sandstone columns. This is called the Crypt.  The star denotes the point from which the streets in Washington are laid out and numbered.  There are 13 statues for the original colonies. 

This is what the dome is suppose to look like.  The picture below is what is looks like while construction is going on.  In this room is a statue ofl the presidents.  

President Eisenhower.
 Ronald Regan. See that little dark line in the stone under his feet.  That is made from the Berlin wall that came down.
Jerald Ford.

Brumidi Corridors

Art work on the ceiling celebrating the Golden spike.
 Hawaiian Islands
Covered Wagons

George Washington

Old senate chambers. 

 Brigham Young sits in a rotundarepresenting Utah

This is a tribute to those on 9-11 that attached the terrorist that were going to fly their plane into the Capitol and destroy this beautiful building.

The sign over this door says Speaker of the House John A Boehner. This is his office. 


  1. So cool! Take me on more tours. you're a great guide.

  2. It's fun to see this building again. We visited in May 2012 if I am remembering correctly.

  3. Wow! I had no clue there was so much history in this building.