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The Rosa Parks bronze statue weighs 600 pounds and the granite pedestal, partially hollowed out inside, weighs 2,100 pounds. The pedestal is made of Raven Black granite and inscribed simply with her name and life dates, “Rosa Parks/1913–2005.
On February 27, 2013, a statue of Rosa Parks commissioned by Congress was...

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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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Cara holding her chocolate tree.
With Sprouts at the U.S. Botanic Garden, children learn about the magical world...

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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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Capitol Reflections: ADA and Historic Buildings

Posted by Laura Condeluci on July 28, 2015

Pickford Theater in the Madison Building.
Find out how our architects work the ADA into historic buildings on the Capitol Campus, given they were built before accessibility needs were recognized.

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Capitol Reflections: ADA and Life Safety

Posted by Laura Condeluci on July 26, 2015

AOC Fire Safety team testing the smoke detectors.
A look back at how life safety relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act and what has changed on the Capitol Campus over the past 25 years.

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CVC Guides Help Visitor "See" the Old Supreme Court

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 23, 2015

Tray full of artifacts associated with the space.
When Visitor Guide John Claya encountered a guest with a visual disability near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, he used a creative tool to help her "see" the room.

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Designing with ADA in Mind

Posted by Nancy Skinkle on July 22, 2015

Accessible ramp at Senate Parks near the Senate Underground Garage.
The AOC's Facilities Planning and Programming Division incorporates seemingly small improvements into the design of our facilities and their outside environments, helping not only those with disabilities, but each one of us.

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A Garden for Everyone

Posted by Maura Nelson on July 16, 2015

Photo of a Roots and Reflections tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.

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