Posts Tagged ‘architect of the capitol’

Chart of the Day

As part of his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers provided this handy diagram, which shows the condition of the buildings under his jurisdiction. That one on the far left is the Summerhouse, an historic brick structure on the West Front Lawn. Almost as bad is the Senate underground [...]

Senate Sergeant at Arms: Filming and Photography Will be A-Okay at Union Square

It took them three weeks, but those responsible for guarding the Capitol Complex have finally clarified that their annexation of Union Square from the National Park Service at the tail end of last year will not mean the feared end of commercial filmmaking and photography at Grant Memorial. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer emails:
Our intention [...]

Is the Era of the D.C. Class Photo Over? [UPDATED]

Cherish your class photo, 'cause your kids may not get one.

It's a staple of the middle-school class visit to Washington: A photo of students arrayed on the steps of the Grant Memorial, with the Capitol dome as a backdrop. But now, just like permission for filmmakers to stage shots there and the Trust for the [...]

Mall Fundraising Won’t Benefit Union Square

In this week's column, I went into some depth on one unintended consequence of the Architect of the Capitol's annexation of Union Square, the easternmost chunk of the Mall that contains Grant Statue with views of legislative branch. Turns out there's another one.
As the Post originally reported, the Trust for the National Mall is hosting [...]

Lights, Camera, No Action

Two days before Christmas, President Barack Obama signed a bill to fund the government through October—keeping the U.S. in business along with the District, which would have ground to a halt if the feds had shut down.
A few days later, though, the Washington Post uncovered a nasty surprise for the city. In Division G Section [...]

Union Square Annexation Another Blow to D.C. Film

It's been a District complaint for years now: When a movie is "set in Washington," in all likelihood most of the scenes are actually shot somewhere else, like Toronto, or Charlotte, or Baltimore. There are lots of reasons for that. A big one is the fact that D.C. just doesn't compete in the subsidy game; [...]

The Week That Was

Did anything actually happen in Housing Complex world while everyone was busy recapping the last year and ringing in the next? Not much, but a few stories of note. Herewith, a review.

The Czech company that made D.C.'s first three streetcars has appealed the District's decision to award a contract for the next pair to a [...]

No City on the Hill

The District’s gripes about the boot of Congress on the city’s neck, always an undercurrent in D.C. politics, have gotten a bit more strident this year. Pols have speechified on the steps of Capitol Hill office buildings, getting carted off to jail when they sat down in the street and refused to budge. Mayor Vince [...]

How Much Parking Is There at the Capitol?

The public isn't allowed to know.
Seriously: After taking note of the many expanses of concrete available for Hill staffers across the Capitol complex, I asked the Committee on House Administration how many parking spaces it oversees, and how many permits it hands out (each office gets a certain number to divvy up). Apparently, that information [...]

Vagaries of Government: Plug-In Edition

There are times when the normal, expected governmental obstruction of innovation and progress veers into actual farce. Such is the case with the Government Accountability Office's opinion forbidding the use of appropriated funds to construct a fueling station for hybrid vehicles, which Michael Neibauer reports this morning.
Since the Democratic turnover in 2006, the Hill has [...]