Capitol Visitors Center Opens at 1pm Today

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If you’ve been dying to get into the new Capitol Visitors Center, today’s your day. From 1pm to 4:30pm, they’ll be having an open house of sorts over at the new CVC under the East Steps. If you get there toward the end, head to the West Steps after you leave and catch the 5pm lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

This year, it’s a 70′ fir tree brought in from the Bitterroot Range in Montana, and decorated with ornaments made by artisans of Montana. It’s also being decorated with LED lights, to keep the energy bills down, which is pretty nifty.

Before you go today, take a look at our preview, or maybe read Phil Kennicott’s critique of the architecture choices for the new space.

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