12 Fun Facts About the US Capital

Ever wonder….

  1. Is there any symbolic significance to the numbers of columns and steps in various locations in the Capitol?
  2. How many women are represented in the National Statuary Hall Collection?
  3. How many statues are there in the National Statuary Hall Collection?
  4. Where and what is the Capitol Rotunda?
  5. Why does the Statue of Freedom face east, away from the Mall?
  6. What is the name of the statue on top of the dome?
  7. How much did it cost to build the Capitol?
  8. What are the dimensions of the Capitol Building?
  9. What material is the U.S. Capitol made of?
  10. When did the Congress first meet in the Capitol Building?
  11. When was the U.S. Capitol built? And Who designed the U.S. Capitol?
  12. What is the function of the U.S. Capitol?

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The TEN “Demandments” of Architecture by @WJMArchitect

Many architects feel like their devotion to the practice of architecture is like worship of a secular religion.

Here’s a little fun with our secular religion…

The TEN Demandments of Architecture
by William J. Martin, Architect


  1.  Thou shalt have no clients before thee…
  2.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven 3D cadd images.
  3.  Thou shalt not take thy name of thy clients or thy engineers in vain.
  4.  Remember thy project deadline day, and  keep it holy.
  5.  Honor thy computer and thy coffee: that thy days may be long.
  6.  Thou shalt not kill thy design critics…
  7.  Thou shalt not commit building design insultery.
  8.  Thou shalt not steel, unless wood or masonry doesn’t support thy design.
  9.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy building inspector official.
  10.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s contractors…


These are only the TEN Demandments, maybe you can think of a few more.  Leave a comment and let us know !

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15 Memorable Christmas Quotes


A Charlie Brown Christmas

[Charlie Brown and Linus return with the puny little tree]
Violet: Boy, are you stupid, Charlie Brown.
Patty: What kind of a tree is that?
Lucy Van Pelt: You were supposed to get a *good* tree. Can’t you even tell a good tree from a poor tree?
Violet: I told you he’d goof it up. He isn’t the kind you can depend on to do anything right.
Patty: You’re hopeless, Charlie Brown.
Frieda: Completely hopeless
Charlie Brown: [upset] Rats!
Lucy Van Pelt: You’ve been dumb before, Charlie Brown, but this time, you really did it.
[pause; then everyone bursts out laughing]
Lucy Van Pelt: [laughing] What a tree!

A Christmas Story

Mother: All right. Now, are you ready to tell me where you heard that word?
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Now, I had heard that word at least ten times a day from my old man. He worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium; a master. But, I chickened out and said the first name that came to mind.
Ralphie: Schwartz!


Christmas Vacation

Clark: Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?

Die Hard

John McClane: You throw quite a party. I didn’t realize they celebrated Christmas in Japan.
Joseph Takagi: Hey, we’re flexible. Pearl Harbor didn’t work out so we got you with tape decks.

Home Alone

Gangster Johnny (TV): Hey! I tell you what I’m gonna give you, Snakes. I’m gonna give you to the count of 10 to get your ugly, yellow, no-good keister off my property before I pump your guts full of lead! One, two, ten! [machine gun fire] Keep the change, you filthy animal!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Narrator: He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

It’s a Wonderful Life

George Bailey: Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me [begins crying] show me the way… show me the way.

Miracle on 34th Street

Susan: I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Gonzo: Hello! Welcome to the Muppet Christmas Carol! I am here to tell the story.
Rizzo the Rat: And I am here for the food.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington: Forgive me, Mr. Claus. I’m afraid I’ve made a terrible mess of your holiday.
Santa: Bumpy *sleigh*-ride… Jack. Next time you get the urge to take over someone else’s holiday, I’d listen to *her*.
[points to Sally]
Santa: She’s the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!
[walks away, muttering]
Santa: Skeletons, boogie men…
Jack Skellington: I hope there’s still time.
Santa: To fix Christmas? Of course there is! I’m Santa Claus!
[flies out chimney]

The Polar Express

The Conductor: Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

Hermey: Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?
Rudolph: You wouldn’t mind my – red nose?
Hermey: Not if you don’t mind me being a dentist.
Rudolph: [shaking hands with Hermey] It’s a deal.

Santa Clause

Bernard the Elf: The Santa Clause: In putting on this suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all rights to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus, in perpetuity until such time that the wearer becomes unable to do so, by either accident or design.
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Jacob Marley: I wear the chain I forged in life! I made it link by link and yard by yard! I gartered it on of my own free will and by my own free will, I wore it! …. It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow men! If it goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death! It is doomed to wander through the world! Oh, woe is me! And witness what it cannot share but MIGHT HAVE SHARED on Earth and turned to happiness!


The Star Wars Holiday Special

George Lucas: The special from 1978 really didn’t have much to do with us, you know. I can’t remember what network it was on, but it was a thing that they did. We kind of let them do it. It was done by… I can’t even remember who the group was, but they were variety TV guys. We let them use the characters and stuff and that probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but you learn from those experiences.

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Top 10 Books to Read During Hurricane @Irene

The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged or Anything else
by Ayn Rand
The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America 
The Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson
The Poetry of Architecture - Or, the Architecture of the Nations of Europe Considered in its Association with Natural Scenery and National Character
The Poetry of Architecture
by John Ruskin 
Mask of Medusa
by John Hejduk Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Movies to Watch During Hurricane Irene – With Your Family

We all lead busy lives.  As Hurricane Irene and TD TEN get closer what better time to catch up watching some classic films?  While you are out buying water and batteries be sure to buy some popcorn as well.  Here is a list I compiled for you if you get stuck.  Many are available on Netflix or Hulu.

Best Films to watch during a storm with the Family
by @FrankCunhaIII

Cars Poster

Cars (2006) 

117 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  9 June 2006 (USA)

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.


John Lasseter, Joe Ranft


John Lasseter (story), Joe Ranft (story), and 14 more credits »


Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Paul Newman

Shrek Poster

Shrek (2001) 

90 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  18 May 2001 (USA)

An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.


Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson


William Steig (book), Ted Elliott (screenplay), and 6 more credits »


Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz

Toy Story Poster

Toy Story (1995) 

80 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  22 November 1995 (USA)

A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.


John Lasseter


John Lasseter (story), Pete Docter (story), and 6 more credits »


Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles

The Muppets Take Manhattan Poster

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) 

94 min  –  Comedy | Family | Musical   –  13 July 1984 (USA)

Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it’s a more difficult task than they anticipated.


Frank Oz


Tom Patchett (story), Jay Tarses (story), and 3 more credits »


Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Dave Goelz

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Poster

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars (original title) 

121 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  25 May 1977 (USA)

Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.


George Lucas


George Lucas


Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Raiders of the Lost Ark Poster

Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981) 

115 min  –  Action | Adventure   –  12 June 1981 (USA)

Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.


Steven Spielberg


Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas(story), and 1 more credit »


Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman

The Mummy Poster

The Mummy (1999) 

125 min  –  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  –  7 May 1999 (USA)

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.


Stephen Sommers


Stephen Sommers (screen story), Lloyd Fonvielle(screen story), and 5 more credits »


Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah

Superman Poster

Superman (1978) 

143 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  15 December 1978 (USA)

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest super-hero.


Richard Donner


Jerry Siegel (creator: Superman), Joe Shuster (creator: Superman), and 6 more credits »


Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman

Oh, God! Poster

Oh, God! (1977) 

Users: (4,119 votes) 42 reviews | Critics: 13 reviews

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.


Carl Reiner


Avery Corman (novel), Larry Gelbart


John Denver, George Burns and Teri Garr

Ghost Busters Poster

Ghost Busters (1984) 

105 min  –  Comedy | Fantasy   –  8 June 1984 (USA)

Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.


Ivan Reitman


Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and 1 more credit »


Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver

A few more:

Willy Wonka
Alice in Wonderland
Wizard of Oz
Home Alone
Men in Black

Top 10 Movies to Watch During Hurricane Irene

We all lead busy lives.  As Hurricane Irene and TD TEN get closer what better time to catch up watching some classic films?  While you are out buying water and batteries be sure to buy some popcorn as well.  Here is a list I compiled for you if you get stuck.  Many are available on Netflix or Hulu.

Best Films to watch during a storm
by @FrankCunhaIII 

Lost Highway Poster

Lost Highway (1997) 

134 min  –  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  –  21 February 1997 (USA)

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.


David Lynch


David Lynch, Barry Gifford


Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and John Roselius

Crash Poster

Crash (1996) 

100 min  –  Drama | Thriller   –  21 March 1997 (USA)

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.


David Cronenberg


J.G. Ballard (novel), David Cronenberg


James Spader, Holly Hunter and Elias Koteas

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Poster

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 

111 min  –  Action | Crime | Thriller   –  10 October 2003 (USA)

The Bride wakes up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before entering the coma is gone. The only thing on her mind is to have revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her – a team she was once part of.


Quentin Tarantino


Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (character The Bride), and 1 more credit »


Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Daryl Hannah

Pulp Fiction Poster

Pulp Fiction (1994) 

154 min  –  Crime | Thriller   –  14 October 1994 (USA)

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.


Quentin Tarantino


Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary(stories), and 1 more credit »


John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Poster

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) 

95 min  –  Comedy | Crime   –  18 April 1997 (USA)

A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his latest hit, has been switched.


Tom Schulman


Tom Schulman


Joe Pesci, Andy Comeau and Kristy Swanson

Jaws Poster

Jaws (1975) 

124 min  –  Thriller   –  20 June 1975 (USA)

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.


Steven Spielberg


Peter Benchley (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb(screenplay), and 4 more credits »

Stars:Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss

Dracula Poster

Dracula (1992) 

128 min  –  Horror | Romance   –  13 November 1992 (USA)

The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land.


Francis Ford Coppola


Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)


Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins

Psycho Poster

Psycho (1960) 

109 min  –  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  –  25 August 1960 (Brazil)

A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.


Alfred Hitchcock


Joseph Stefano (screenplay), Robert Bloch (novel)


Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles

Natural Born Killers Poster

Natural Born Killers (1994) 

118 min  –  Crime | Drama | Romance   –  26 August 1994 (USA)

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.


Oliver Stone


Quentin Tarantino (story), David Veloz(screenplay), and 2 more credits »


Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore

Scarface Poster

Scarface (1983) 

170 min  –  Crime | Drama | Thriller   –  9 December 1983 (USA)

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug empire while succumbing to greed. (Cartel not Mafia)


Brian De Palma


Oliver Stone (screenplay), and 3 more credits »


Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer

A Few More Suggestions:

When Harry Met Sally… Sleepless in Seattle

Police AcademyRocky



National Lampoon (Any one)


Dumb & DumberAirplane

Hot Tub time Machine


Is It Time to Unfriend Them on Facebook?

By Mike Newman

There comes a time when you have to do some Facebook housecleaning. Your News Feed has become clogged with updates from “friends” you barely know and somehow you’ve been included in message chains you have zero desire to be on. Sure, at one time you wanted the most friends possible to prove to cyberspace that you were king of the internet, but that feeling has faded and now you just want to stay in touch with a more select crew. Here’s how to decide who gets the boot:

Is It Time to Unfriend Them on Facebook?

Read more: Is It Time to Unfriend Them on Facebook? | Cool Material http://coolmaterial.com/roundup/is-it-time-to-unfriend-them-on-facebook/#ixzz1RwkoVFWx

Punk Isn’t Dead….Yet

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