new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
First Nail Ceremony kicks off Inauguration Construction | by USCapitol
Back to photostream

First Nail Ceremony kicks off Inauguration Construction

Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies joined together September 20, 2012 on the West Front of the Capitol and hammered nails into a plank on the site of the platform where the President will take the oath of office on January 21, 2013. From left to right: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Harry Reid, Representative John Boehner, Representative Eric Cantor, Representative Nancy Pelosi.


The Presidential swearing-in takes place on Monday, January 21, 2013, since January 20, 2013, is a Sunday. S. Con. Res 35 established January 21, 2013, as the official date for the Inaugural.


More about the construction of the platform visit:


This official Architect of the Capitol photograph is being made available for educational, scholarly, news or personal purposes (not advertising or any other commercial use). When any of these images is used the photographic credit line should read “Architect of the Capitol.” These images may not be used in any way that would imply endorsement by the Architect of the Capitol or the United States Congress of a product, service or point of view. For more information visit

0 faves
Taken on September 20, 2012