Black and white picture of Frederick Law Olmsted  best known for designing the grounds of New York City’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Regarded as the founder of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law...



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...


Food pantry photos courtesy of Richard Edmonds.
Edmonds hopes to leave behind a legacy that exemplifies how important it is to...

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Read a blog about the art, architecture and work on the Capitol Hill written by AOC's experts.

Selecting the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted by Ted Bechtol on October 28, 2015

Chugach National Forest in Alaska
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."

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Monuments Men Return to Inspire on Capitol Hill

Posted by Franklin Bradley on October 22, 2015

Associate architects from DeWitt, Poor, Swanke, Shelton & Almond selecting materials for exterior of Library of Congress Madison Building.
Today, a Congressional Gold Medal will be presented in recognition of the Monuments Men. Here, we highlight just a few of these heroes with their accomplishments seen on Capitol Hill, from the outside of the buildings to the rooms and artwork within.

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Papal Preparation Takes Teamwork

Posted by Erin Courtney on October 14, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
Multiple jurisdictions worked together to prepare for Pope Francis' historic arrival at the U.S. Capitol last month, treating it much like a rehearsal for the next presidential inauguration.

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Cannon Renewal Project: Best Practices In The Field

Posted by R.C. "Skip" Vaughn on October 9, 2015

Photo of a worker in front of the kiosk.
The Cannon Renewal team explores a new way of viewing drawings in the field, bringing a 21st-century approach to field coordination and quality control as a model for the future of construction.

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A Rotunda Roundup

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on August 5, 2015

Sunset in the Capitol Rotunda.
The U.S. Capitol's rotunda is closed this month to prepare for restoration, but there are six other rotunda areas visitors should be sure to see.

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Capitol Reflections: ADA and the Visitor Experience

Posted by Laura Condeluci on July 29, 2015

Capitol Visitor Center rendering of south entrance.
Accessibility was a key component of the design of the Capitol Visitor Center, and we are proud to welcome visitors from all over the United States and the world.

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