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

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In the late 19th century the architectural style of the Thomas Jefferson Building was said to be "Italian Renaissance." Today, it is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. It is a style perfectly suited to a young, wealthy, and imperialistic nation in its Gilded Age.
The Library of Congress began in 1800 with a small appropriation to buy...

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Screenshot of Google Maps image of United States Capitol and surrounding areas.
Located at the center of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Building and other...

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

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Detailed view of Piper nigrum plant
Learn how pepper, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg became a part of our...

Accountability & Transparency

The Architect of the Capitol is committed to accountability and transparency in achieving its mission of serving Congress and the Supreme Court, preserving the nation’s Capitol and providing memorable experiences for all who come to Capitol Hill.

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