House of Caine
Referred to only as “The Hill” by residents, this area of the city consists of sections of all four parts of the District. The Capitol is the centerpiece, located where all of the boundaries intersect. Numerous governmental and political organizations have ofﬁces nearby, and several aides live in neighboring Victorian-style homes. Despite suggestions that he would forbid Kindred activity around the Hill, the Prince has only proscribed the Supreme Court Building and the Capitol as Elysium.
The Capitol was designed in a Roman style reminiscent of the Pantheon, and its enormous 285-foot-high dome is one of Washington’s most famous sights. A statue of Freedom stands atop the dome. Because the Capitol building is always active with reporters and congressmen, Kindred must take special care here.
The grounds outside the Capitol were landscaped by the Garou kinfolk Frederick Law Olmstead. The 63 acres of Capitol park add to the beauty of the legislative building.
In the early 1900s, Congress decided to beautify the city. In order to remove the large number of train tracks crossing the Mall, it decreed that all trains would use a single depot, Union Station, north of the Capitol. Built with white marble, columns, and statuary, Union Station was a great success during its early years, reaching a peak of handling 200,000 or more passengers a day during World War II. During the ‘60s, the train station fell on hard times. Now a restoration project has returned the station to its former grandeur, adding also a number of shops, a food court, and even a movie theater. Union Station also has a metro station, and the Nosferatu in Washington use this as a meeting place. Some clans suspect that the Nosferatu also have ghouls in Amtrak, and take advantage of its national headquarters in Washington to control many North American trains.
The Library of Congress
Three main buildings house the Library of Congress: the Jefferson Building at Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SE; the Adams Building at 2nd Street, SE; and the James Madison Building between Independence Avenue and C Street. The Capitol building originally contained the Library, but as Congress and the nation grew during the expansion of the late 1800s, it expanded to the Jefferson Building.
The octagonal Main Reading Room, often shown in pictures of the Library, is located in the Jefferson Building. In 1939, the Library’s collection of resources and reference materials had increased enough to add the Adams Building, and the Library opened the James Madison Building in 1980. The Library of Congress contains more than 30 million books and at least 60 million other items. Although only Congressmen may check out books, many Kindred have access to the stacks. Using this access, however, means owing a minor boon to the Tremere.
Ever since Prince Marissa’s reign, Clan Tremere has watched over the Library, and control of the Library is one of the few issues that the Tremere will not concede under any circumstances. A number of mages also have ties to the Library of Congress, although the Tremere go to great lengths to avoid them.
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court did not have a building of its own until 1935. The Court is in session from the ﬁrst Monday in October until it has heard all of its cases, usually sometime in June. Another white marble temple (a few anarchs say Marcus Vitel only came to D.C. because he was homesick for ancient Rome), the Supreme Court building is also off limits to vampires in the city, but sessions of the Court rarely last into the night anyway. George Lawrence of the Nosferatu sometimes sneaks a few friends inside the building at night, and they go upstairs to the basketball court. George likes to boast that he shoots hoops at the highest court in the land. As long as the mortals remain undisturbed, the Prince will ignore the trespassing — unless he wants something from George Lawrence.