The design for the Newseum creates a powerful architectural identity for this institution dedicated to the First Amendment. The unique site – midway between the Capitol and the White House and defined both by the dense urban fabric of the Penn Quarter and the dynamic L’Enfant diagonal of Pennsylvania Avenue – encourages the Newseum to participate in the great tradition of monumental Washington institutions while simultaneously reinforcing the street life of the neighborhood and the city. These site conditions effectively symbolize the contract between the "Fourth Estate" and government and the powerful bond between the press and the citizenry. The guiding principles of the Freedom Forum – free press, free speech and free spirit for all people – were, with the site, important generators of the design concept. The architectural expression of the institution’s mission strives to be a functionally cohesive and meaningful icon, which, through its openness and accessibility, represents the rights and protections guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.