Walking Tour of Capitol Campus

The U.S. Capitol Building (In Video at 0.5 seconds)

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries.

Robert A. Taft Memorial (In Video at 19.5 seconds)

The Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillion is located north of the Capitol building, on Constitution Avenue between New Jersey Avenue and First Street, NW.

Senate Fountain (In Video at 27 seconds)

The Senate Fountain lies in the park between the Capitol and Union Station and sits above the Senate underground garage.

Senate Office Buildings (In Video at 35.5 seconds)

The Senate Office Buildings lie to the north of the U.S. Capitol. The three buildings which house Senate office are the Russell Senate Office Building, Dirksen Senate Office Building and Hart Senate Office Building.

U.S. Supreme Court (In Video at 72 seconds)

Finished and occupied in 1935, the Supreme Court's great marble temple is a fitting home for the nation's third branch of government. Chief Justice William Howard Taft was behind the effort to provide the Court with its own building, moving out of the Capitol where it had been meeting since 1801. The Court did not move far, however. Its new location was just across the street and was selected to remain near Union Station and thus convenient for out-of-town lawyers.

Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building (In Video at 107 seconds)

On April 15, 1886, Congress authorized the construction of a building to house its library on First Street east. Immediately after it opened in 1897, the Library of Congress was widely considered to be the most beautiful, educational and interesting building in Washington.

James Madison Memorial Building (In Video at 118.25 seconds)

Opened in 1980, the James Madison Memorial Building provided a new, much needed annex for the Library of Congress.

House Office Buildings (In Video at 127.25 seconds)

The House Office Buildings lie to the south of the U.S. Capitol. The four buildings which house the offices of the House of Representatives are the Cannon House Office Building, Longworth House Office Building, Rayburn House Office Building and Ford House Office Building.

U.S. Botanic Garden (In Video at 158.75 seconds)

The U.S. Botanic Garden moved to its present location in 1933, a complex located along the north and south sides of Independence Avenue bordered by First Street and Third Streets, S.W. The Garden includes the Conservatory; Bartholdi Park, which was created in 1932; and the National Garden, which opened in 2006.