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"Magnificent Library"
Originally intended as a small reference library, the Library of Congress is now home to the second largest collection of books and reading materials in the world, second only to the British Library. The collections comprises close to a 100 million items, including rare documents such as a Gutenberg Bible, early drafts of the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The splendor of the magnificent Main Reading Room is just one of the attractions worth a visit at the Library of Congress. Browse through the many excellent exhibits on display in the library's three buildings, participate in a guided tour, or attend any of the concerts, lectures and other events hosted here. The library's collection is open to all who hold a valid Reader Identification Card, however materials cannot be taken outside the library premises.
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"Magnificent Library"
Originally intended as a small reference library, the Library of Congress is now home to the second largest collection of books and reading materials in the world, second only to the British Library. The collections comprises close to a 100 million items, including rare documents such as a Gutenberg Bible, early drafts of the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The splendor of the magnificent Main Reading Room is just one of the attractions worth a visit at the Library of Congress. Browse through the many excellent exhibits on display in the library's three buildings, participate in a guided tour, or attend any of the concerts, lectures and other events hosted here. The library's collection is open to all who hold a valid Reader Identification Card, however materials cannot be taken outside the library premises.
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101 Independence Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC, United States, 20540
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Located Southeast of the Capitol building and built in 1908, The Cannon House Office Building is an impressive and historic structure on Capitol Hill. The architecture of The Cannon House is that of the Beaux Arts style and was designed by famed architect firm Carrere and Hastings in New York City. The building is bordered by Independence Avenue, First Street, New Jersey Avenue and C Street and is next to The Russell Senate Office Building. The two Senate buildings, both designed by the same architecture firm, have a connected underground passage to the Capitol building in case of an emergency or escape. Housing over 85 suites, 10 single rooms and 23 individual rooms, the Cannon House is massive yet beautiful, and worth a trip.

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Visitors are welcome in the polished halls of these vast office buildings, but it may be easier to see your representatives on the House or Senate floor in the U.S. Capitol. The House buildings face Independence Avenue, while the Senate offices face Constitution Avenue. Visitors can travel between offices on the same subway system that the politicians do.

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Rare books, paintings and other memorabilia, such as musical instruments, costumes and films, make this library and popular research center a treasure trove of valuables worth perusing. Home to a Conservation Lab, Elizabethan-style theater, and the Grand Hall, several special events take place here, including concerts, plays, literary readings and more. The library also boasts the largest collection of Shakespeare materials.

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The legislative branches of the U.S. government, the Senate and the House of Representatives all meet in the Capitol Building. The building's cornerstone was laid in 1793 by President George Washington alongside other masons. The first session of government in the building was held in 1800, although the building wasn't completely finished being built until 1811. Today, visitors can view the Senate and the House from the galleries when Congress is in session. Public tours form on the east side of the Capitol and include visits to the Rotunda and other chambers.

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Tucked beside the United States Capitol in Washington is the highest authority in the US Judiciary, the Supreme Court of United States. This grandiose Corinthian structure was completed in 1935, and was laid out keeping in mind the Judicial and Court structures of the United States. Tours to the building are organized as well.

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Almost identical to it's neighboring building, The Cannon House Office Building, The Russell Senate Office was build by the same architecture firm in 1903. The firm of Carrere and Hastings, a famed New York City partnership, each took over a building and created this Beaux Art style on Capitol Hill. In 1972, the building was named after former Senator Richard Brevard Russell, Jr who was a Democratic party politician and a long-time Senator for the state of Georgia. The Russell Senate Office is Northeast of the capitol and bordered by Constitution Avenue, First Street, Delaware Avenue, and C Street.

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Although plans to construct additional Senate buildings after the first two (Cannon House and Russell Building) were designed as early as the mid 1940's, The Dirksen Senate Office was not built until 1954. After multiple delays and funding issues, the building was erected under New York architects Otto R. Eggers and Daniel Paul Higgings. The original blue prints had a full interior wing that was removed from the final construction of the building due to the many delays and increased costs. This portion of the building was later added but renamed the Hart Senate Office Building in 1982. The Dirksen Office is unique on Capitol Hill due to its window details of figures representing different industries such as farming, shipping, manufacturing, mining and lumbering.

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