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

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Bartholdi Fountain
In 1877 the United States paid $6,000 for an iron fountain sculpted by...

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Visitor Hours for the Buildings on Capitol Hill
Visitor Hours for the Buildings on Capitol Hill.

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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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U.S. Marine Band - Wednesday and some Thursday Evenings
U.S. Marine Band - Wednesday and some Thursday Evenings - The 2014 series of...
  • 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.