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Cannon House Office Building
The Cannon House Office Building, completed in 1908, is the oldest...

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Guided Tours: Buildings on Capitol Hill
Official Tours of the U.S. Capitol Building are offered Monday through...

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Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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Early House of Representatives Chamber (artist representation)
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2013 Blog Archives

October 31
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Cenotaphs at the Congressional Cemetery. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.
This Halloween, Kristen Frederick, congressional liaison for the Architect of the Capitol, visited the Congressional Cemetery and discovered many connections the AOC has to this hallowed ground.
October 22
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U.S. Capitol Dome
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, reflects on the AOC's effort to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome.
October 21
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Solidago Altissima
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden, reflects on the beautiful goldenrod blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
September 24
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The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
This is the first in a series of occasional articles, written by the Architect of the Capitol’s Curator Office, about the use of nature in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. This week,...
September 16
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We the People
This Constitution Week, AOC's Sharon Gang, communications & marketing manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on what the U.S. Constitution means to her.
September 10
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Flight 93 Memorial Plaque in the U.S. Capitol
For those of us in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, the site of the beautiful Capitol Dome set against bright blue skies on a cool September morning will forever conjure feelings and memories...
July 31
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Bill from the Lawn Cycle Stand Manufacturing Co. to the Architect of the Capitol
Parking in Washington, D.C. has always been a challenge, but did you know they have been working to accommodate commuters on Capitol Hill for more than a century?
July 23
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Engraving showing the first dome of the U.S. Capitol, designed by Charles Bulfinch. By William H. Bartlett, circa 1840.
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, remembers one of the major players in the history U.S. Capitol, Charles Bulfinch.
July 17
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Warehouses in Fort Meade, Maryland store items such as statues that were once displayed on the East Front of the Capitol.
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including...
July 09
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AOC Elevator Mechanics at the Library of Congress
“We deal with a lot of history.” No, those aren’t the words of the AOC’s Curator office. It’s Ron Bailey, shop supervisor of the Library Buildings and Grounds Elevator Division, who runs some of the...

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