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September 23, 2014

President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy, Architecture Critic

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy had a little time to kill before formally kicking off Tuesday morning’s Judiciary Committee markup on an immigration overhaul. So the Vermont Democrat vamped a bit about how much he loathes spending time in the bowels of the Dirksen Senate Office Building:

“I think when the Dirksen building was designed it was somebody who must have worked for Mussolini or Stalin,” the president pro tem spouted off as C-SPAN provided swooping aerial shots — incorrectly labeled as the Hart Office Building— of the cold, cavernous hearing room.

Per Leahy, G-50, however, is not the most aesthetically offensive pile of bricks in town. That dubious honor falls to the atrocity that is the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

“The FBI building … hands down probably is the ugliest,” Leahy asserted.

So, what’s the best-looking spot on the Capitol campus?

Leahy tells HOH he’s currently smitten with the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building.

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