Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...


Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
Some of the most majestic and unmistakable trees on campus were planted during...


Stewards of iconic buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill since 1793.


The white marble Peace Monument was erected in 1877-1878 to commemorate the naval deaths at sea during the Civil War.
At the top of the Peace Monument, facing west, stand two classically robed female figures. Grief... More »
Apotheosis of Democracy Sculptural Pediment
The Sculpture "Peace Protecting Genius," an allegorical group consisting of two figures, fills the... More »


Up close detail of bronze figure on the Grant Memorial.
The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, star of the House of Cards opening sequence, is undergoing a... More »
A garden gnome placed in front of an open, tiny door in the U.S. Capitol.
Throughout the Capitol Building, visitors and staff often pause to imagine what is behind the... More »
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