Serving Congress and the Supreme Court, preserving America's Capitol, and inspiring memorable experiences

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Capitol Christmas Tree 2013
The regular practice of displaying a Christmas tree on the Capitol Grounds is...

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Getting Here
Located at the center of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Building and other...

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Dr. William Thornton
 The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Car of History Clock
Sharon Gang, communications & marketing manager at the Capitol Visitor...
  • The AOC maintains the grounds of the U.S. Capitol
  • Dr. William Thornton
  • AOC gardener at the U.S. Botanic Garden
  • AOC employees

AOC's Story

AOC employees at work
The Architect of the Capitol traces its roots back to the laying of the Capitol cornerstone in 1793.

AOC's Work

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
The Architect of the Capitol serves as builder and steward of many of the nation's most iconic landmarks.