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Frieze of American History
The Frieze of American History in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol...

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

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AOC grounds crew plants flowers at U.S. Capitol
The Architect of the Capitol magazine, Foundations & Perspectives,...

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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...

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2014 Blog Archives

April 01
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West Front of Capitol in March
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to...
March 24
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National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the care and preservation of the artwork in the U.S. Capitol, but our role extends even further. AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details her involvement in...
March 19
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Car of History Clock
Sharon Gang, communications & marketing manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, investigates the meaning behind the Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
February 25
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Orchid Symphony is on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden through April 27, 2014
Escape the winter weather and experience the blooms evoking spring in the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) at the Orchid Symphony exhibition.
February 07
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Model of James Madison statue, with sculptor Walker Hancock.
When AOC's Franklin Bradley recently learned that one of the lead characters in the upcoming "Monuments Men" movie, portrayed by John Goodman, was inspired by Walker K. Hancock, an...
February 03
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Sheep on the White House lawn, taken between 1916-1919. Image courtesy Library of Congress
The Capitol Grounds have long been a haven for wildlife, with residents ranging from squirrels to red-tailed hawks to a red fox. But sheep? If it had been left up to one Virginia farmer more than 90...