Guam Congress Building

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Guam Congress Building
The sign at the main entrance of the Guam Congress Building (Guam Legislature Building)
Guam Congress Building is located in Guam
Guam Congress Building
LocationChalan Santo Papa, Hagatna, Guam
Coordinates13°28′30″N 144°45′8″E / 13.47500°N 144.75222°E / 13.47500; 144.75222Coordinates: 13°28′30″N 144°45′8″E / 13.47500°N 144.75222°E / 13.47500; 144.75222
Area1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
Built byPacific Island Builders; Brown & Root Pacific Bridge & Maxon
Architectural styleModern Movement
NRHP reference #06001320[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 1, 2007

The Guam Congress Building, also known as the Guam Legislature Building, is the seat of the Legislature of Guam and is located in Chalan Santo Papa in Hagåtña, Guam. It was built in 1949 by Pacific Island Buildings and of Brown & Root Pacific Bridge & Maxon. It has served as a capitol and as a courthouse building.[1] It is a Modern Movement-style building that was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[1]

It is significant for its role in the history of the Chamorro people and their effort to end the dominant military rule of the United States Navy in 1950.[2] The legislature moved to a new location in 1989 and two wings of the building were taken down; the building was then converted to house government offices.[2] In December 2016, a restoration and energy efficiency upgrade of the Congress Building was completed, allowing the Legislature of Guam to reconvene in the building from January 2017 onwards, returning Senators to the historic structure full-time after a 27-year absence.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Guam Congress Building". National Park Service. (with photo)
  3. ^ Lunar, Tijuana “Guam Congress Building Restored, Reopens”, Guam Post, Hagåtña, December 23, 2016. Retrieved on September 11, 2018.