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U.S. Capitol Dome was constructed with 8,909,200 pounds of ironwork bolted together in a masterpiece of American will and ingenuity.
The U.S. Capitol’s dome made of cast iron was designed by Thomas U. Walter and...

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Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed...

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Focusing on Safety First at the Largest Library in the World

Posted by Erin Courtney on January 30, 2016

Fire safety in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
Modern technology enables the AOC to take precautions and prevent potentially harmful fires from ravaging our nation's treasures.

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Rising to the Challenge: Elevator Mechanic Challenges Students

Posted by Laura Condeluci on January 27, 2016

Rising to the Challenge: Elevator Mechanic Challenges Students
An AOC employee gives back and shares his knowledge with students, not just about elevators, but about broader career opportunities.

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Mentoring Comes Full Circle

Posted by Laura Condeluci on January 20, 2016

Barron Dill (second from right) and his fellow AOC colleagues.
Volunteering at the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School is an experience that continues to enrich lives.

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Recasting Missing Parts of the Grant Memorial

Posted by Michele Cohen on January 7, 2016

AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.

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Let it Snow... We're Ready!

Posted by Erin Courtney on January 6, 2016

Photo from February 2015.
The warmer temperatures have helped the AOC get ahead on other projects, but as the winter season continues, everyone is keeping a close eye on the forecast.

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Around the Clocks

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on December 31, 2015

The clock above the door on the east side of the Capitol Rotunda.
All eyes are on the clocks as we countdown on New Years Eve. These clocks around the Capitol campus also get plenty of attention throughout the rest of the year.

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