The press had a peek at the platform on the west terrace of the Capitol that will become the stage for the 57th presidential inauguration .
And, well, it looks like a platform — but the view is something else.
With a little more than a month to go before President Obama’s inaugural ceremony for a second term, Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who are members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, showed off the grand stage as workers added finishing touches.
The 10,000-square-foot, ivory-colored structure — which is wheelchair-accessible and made entirely of lumber — will seat 1,600 dignitaries and guests, including the president, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and Cabinet officers.
The seats are arranged stadium-style, giving the feel of an Imax theater whose walls have been removed to allow a spectacular view of the Mall and the District. Bleachers will be constructed behind and above the platform for an additional 1,000 people, including choirs from Brooklyn and Cleveland, Tenn. Design of the platform began a year ago, and construction began in September.