THE CONGRESS: The Great White Goof

Its grey-veined marble flanks as bleached as a great prehistoric bone, its entrance guarded by pretentious bronze doors, the new 500-room, $25 million Senate Office Building sprawled resplendently last week on Capitol Hill—dubbed "The Great White Goof."

For all the money it cost, the proud new S.O.B. was more vexatious than a slippery collar button. The clocks had bronze hands that were too heavy to hold the time. The mail chutes choked up with letters, had to be taped closed. Slow-moving elevators forced Senators to overflow into freight lifts. Private conversations were...

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