Six Years Later, Capitol Visitor Center Puts Out Long-Awaited Welcome Mat

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Ashley Halsey III


12/01/2008 - What began six years ago as a huge, muddy cavity next to the U.S. Capitol and has since consumed thousands of tons of concrete, 400,000 carefully selected hunks of stone, and a million and one other bits of metal, marble and history, at a cost of $621 million, will be officially christened tomorrow.

The only thing missing will be the people it was built to serve. There will be no visitors allowed at the grand opening of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. No couples from Kansas or kids from Kentucky, no seniors from Schenectady or tourists from Tokyo.

Not to worry.

Their moment will come later in the day, and it should last for generations. As many as 20,000 people are expected to pass through the ornate 580,000-square-foot center each day.

Read the complete article Six Years Later, Capitol Visitor Center Puts Out Long-Awaited Welcome Mat on the Washington Post's Web site.

This project was funded in part by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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