Capitol Visitor Center Floods

Capitol Visitor Center Floods

Above: Flooded dance floor, Al Gore Ballroom, U.S. Capital Visitors Center

The brand-new United States Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), 50 feet underneath the plaza and East Front of the Capitol building, flooded yesterday. As blogger FamousDC observes, “bailout actually needed this time.”  The carpeting of the Tom DeLay Pitch n’ Putt Golf Course is thought to be badly mildewed, though the Larry Craig Public Baths fared better.

The 580,000 square foot underground CVC, which includes the Sonny Bono Memorial Dinner Theatre, Wilbur Mills Exotic Dance Academy, and Interns Gone Wild Lounge, also has some provisions for tourists.

Congressmen were scandalized by the $621 million cost of the facility, $300 million over budget, and may hold hearings on the matter as soon as the CVC’s duplex Sauna and Hearing Room is back in operation.


Tourists interested in the full CVC Simulated Capitol Theme Park Xtreme Experience should consult this website; for plain visitor information, look here. 

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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