Heard on the Hill

President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy, Architecture Critic

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy had a little time to kill before formally kicking off Tuesday morning’s Judiciary Committee markup on an immigration overhaul. So the Vermont Democrat vamped a bit about how much he loathes spending time in the bowels of the Dirksen Senate Office Building:

“I think when the Dirksen building was designed it was somebody who must have worked for Mussolini or Stalin,” the president pro tem spouted off as C-SPAN provided swooping aerial shots — incorrectly labeled as the Hart Office Building— of the cold, cavernous hearing room.

“The FBI building ... hands down probably is the ugliest,” Leahy asserted.

So, what's the best-looking spot on the Capitol campus?

Leahy tells HOH he's currently smitten with the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building.