National Architecture Collection: The Three Branches of Government Series by Giannini
Represented by the White House, United States Capitol, and the Supreme Court
The White House
3.25" x 2.75" x 2" and completely finished in 24KT gold, custom
handmade in the USA by the official ornament makers, design by Giannini and includes a
personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity
on 8.5" x 11" parchment paper frame-ready for display, collection, or
gift giving value and meaning.
United States Capitol Building
The United States Capitol Building is completely finished in 24KT gold on specially treated brass to museum level quality, art deco proportioned and meticulously handmade.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING
The United States Capitol building is symbolically and architecturally one of the most important architectures not only in America but also in the world. Often shown as a symbol of power, influence, authority, and gravity in times of national crises as the background of news broadcasts -- the United States Capitol building is synonymous with the legislative pulse of America. The Senate and the House of Representatives have forged the laws of our Nation in the great halls, corridors, and private rooms of the Capitol Building for more than two centuries. The Capitol building since 1793 was built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored, and stands as an architectural monument of freedom and democracy for America.
Dimensions: 4.5" x 1.5" x 2" (to peak of dome)
In 1791, President Washington chose the land, now the District of Columbia, as the nation’s capital. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French engineer, was charged to plan the new city of Washington. L'Enfant's eye was keen, for he envisioned the U.S. Capitol Building upon the brow of what was then called Jenkins' Hill -- a site that in L'Enfant's words, "A pedestal waiting for a monument." The Capitol Building, itself, was designed by Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician. The Capitol’s length, north to south, is 751 feet 4 inches; width is 350 feet; height to the top of the Statue of Freedom is 288 feet; the dome is an elegant articulation of 8,909,200 pounds of cast iron!
Standing atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., construction of the U.S. Capitol Building began in 1793, and is the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government -- the Congress of the United States. On September 18, 1793, President Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol building-- an exemplar 19th-century neoclassical architecture that evokes the principles and ideals guiding the Founding Fathers as they developed the new republic. Congress first met in the Capitol Building on November 17, 1800
United States Supreme Court Building
The United States Supreme Court Building is
designed by Giannini to complement the look, size, and feel of the United States Capitol Building ornament. This exceptional heirloom is
completely finished in 24KT gold on specially treated brass to museum
level quality, art deco proportioned, and is meticulously handmade in the USA one at a time!
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
Designed by architect Cass Gilbert (Gilbert's last major
project; he died before the completion). The Supreme Court is four stories
(92 ft.) above ground. The cornerstone was laid on October 13, 1932, and
construction completed in 1935. It is located
in Washington, D.C. at 1 First Street, NE, on the block immediately east of the
United States Capitol. The Supreme Court
Building has a neoclassical style and design.
The west facade of the building (the side which faces the
Capitol) bears the motto "Equal Justice Under Law," while the east
facade bears the motto "Justice, the Guardian of Liberty." It wasn’t until May 4, 1987, that the Supreme Court
Building was designated a National Historic Landmark.
In 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to expand
the Court. His proposal envisioned appointment of one additional justice for
each incumbent justice who reached the age of 70 years 6 months and
refused retirement, up to a maximum bench of 15 justices. Roosevelt had appointed seven justices..
Dimensions: 3" x 2.5" x 1.75" (Highest Point)
Organization of the United States Government into Three Branches
The Constitution of the United States organized the U.S. Government into three branches each of which is represented by the first three ornaments or desktop displays in the White House Gift Shop's National Architecture Collection with a new architecture commissioned each year.
- The Legislative Branch makes laws through the Congress of the United States
- The Executive Branch the President, Vice President, Cabinet
- The Judicial Branch hears, considers, and rules upon laws through the Supreme and other federal courts.