For rent on Craigslist: 1 Capitol, barely used

For rent: one capital. Barely used.


Kevin Collier


Published Oct 3, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:00 am CDT

After the announcement of the government shutdown—but before news broke of shots fired in Washington, D.C., Thursday—some enterprising Craigslister put up the newly vacant U.S. Capitol building for rent.

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“So my roommates all left because of a job thing and I need to make rent,” the D.C. prankster wrote.

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Listed under Washington, D.C.’s “Sublets/temporary” section, the Craigslist post offers an airheaded take on renting out rooms left vacant by the federal government furlough. “Lots of room! Recently open!” it proclaims. “It’s historic too! It was built in like 1800 something.”

Were it real, it’d be a pretty good deal: $1,000 for 775,000 square feet. It’s got valet parking, and is super-accessible by train.

Hey, whatever a federal employee needs to do to make money. Beats trying to sign up for unemployment.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2013, 5:57 pm CDT