Happy 227th #ConstitutionDay!

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through programs, and resources from the National Archives:

Have you ever been to the usnatarchives to see the Constitution in person?  

Bonus question - have you ever slept over in the same room as the Constitution?


The domes of Rome: 1 Pantheon, 126 AD 2 Santa Maria di Loreto, 1507-1582, architect Antonio da Sangallo d.Y. & Giacomo del Duca. 3 Moschea di Roma, 1984-94, architects Paolo Portoghesi, Vittorio Gigliotti, Sami Mousawi.

Teaser from the newly published book Roma Rotunda by Berlin-based graphic designer and photographer Jakob Straub. Including a 18-meter long, large-format accordion-fold. More to see: Hatje Cantz

In 1931, the final phase of the Mission Inn was completed at the north-west corner of the hotel. This phase included the St. Francis Chapel and Atrio, the Galeria, and the Court of the Orient, which were all considered part of the International Rotunda or “Rotunda Internacional.” Literature published by the Mission Inn boasted that a variety of architectural forms were evident there, including arcades, buttresses, flying buttresses, balconies, turrets, domes, and pinnacles.

The International Rotunda project was designed by the architectural firm of G. Stanley Wilson. The structure was built almost entirely of concrete reinforced with steel. Concrete was poured into large wooden forms containing steel to create thick walls; when the forms were removed, impressions from the wood grain remained. 

Rotunda by Neil Kremer on Flickr.

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