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The Statue of Freedom
The bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford is the crowning feature of the...

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Located at the center of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Building and other...

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AOC Receives Historic Preservation Award
The Architect of the Capitol strives to perform all work at a high level of...

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Photo of Capitol covered in snow
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2012 Blog Archives

October 18
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AOC Masons
It wasn’t quite 4 a.m. when I arrived at the Capitol Building on Friday, October 12, and it was a chilly 48 degrees. While I was still adjusting to the darkness and cold the AOC stone masons were...
October 09
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Accessible Entrance at the CVC
After Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, underwent recent knee surgery she knew getting around would be challenging. Read about her experience relying...
September 25
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AOC tree surgeon cares for trees on Capitol Grounds
Year round, I often notice Architect of the Capitol employees perched high in the trees above. I love the large, beautiful trees across Capitol Hill—they are longest standing witnesses of the history...
September 14
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What does the Constitution mean to me?
My colleagues at the Capitol Visitor Center’s (CVC) Exhibits and Education Division asked that I create a sample journal to inspire U.S. Capitol visitors who will make journals as part of...
August 28
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Path to the Capitol in Wartime
As a professional commuter, every day I enter my “bubble” – looking at my phone, listening to music, reading my Kindle – as I travel from my home in Bristow, Virginia, to my office at the U.S....
August 22
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Drawing of the U.S. Capitol after the Capitol was burned by British Troops on August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812.
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (present-day Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., in August 1814, to set fire to much of the...
August 14
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Jimilu Morgan presents the completed bust of Constantino Brumidi to then Vice President Hubert Humphrey - 1968
Sharon Gang, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, describes her experience meeting Jimilu Mason, an American artist with works on display at the U.S. Capitol building.
July 12
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Georgia Shaw
Georgia Shaw was the first woman hired by the AOC as a draftsman, leading to a fulfilling 29-year career with the agency. After Georgia passed, her daughter honored her mother’s legacy by including...
February 27
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Presidents in Art
Presidents Don't Sleep Here—But They're Honored in Art!

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