A Cascade of Books by Frank Eliscu (1912–1996) is a bronze sculptural screen that rises five stories above the main entrance to the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress. Measuring approximately 50 feet high by 35 feet wide, it consists of 98 open books, with some as large as five feet wide.
A Cascade of Books by Frank Eliscu (1912–1996) is a bronze sculptural screen...


Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...


Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.
Last week, I had an opportunity to travel to the foundry in Salt Lake City and...

2014 Blog Archives

December 22, 2014
Capitol Sunset November 2014
From February's heavy snowfall to October's blood moon eclipse, take a look back at some popular moments of 2014 through the AOC's Instagram and Flickr images.
October 29, 2014
Ted Bechtol, AOC Capitol Grounds Division
For two beautiful summer days in late July, I traveled around Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, to search for the perfect U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
October 22, 2014
Food pantry photos courtesy of Richard Edmonds.
Edmonds hopes to leave behind a legacy that exemplifies how important it is to take time to recognize those in need and make a difference.
October 16, 2014
CVC Visitor Guide Julie Butler leads a group of visitors through National Statuary Hall.
The ExCEL Program provides opportunities for jurisdictions to work together and for employees to share their knowledge with fellow colleagues.
October 14, 2014
House Office Buildings laborers like Keith Quick carefully move thousands of boxes and other items among member storerooms every election year.
The House Office Buildings laborers continuously improve service delivery and efficiency, even if they have to face down a wolf to do it.
October 02, 2014
The Flanagan clock with marble columns in the background
In a world where everyone carries a cell phone and some carry more than one, people still check the historic clocks on the Capitol campus for the time of day.
October 01, 2014
Capitol view through bicycle spokes.
Quite a few Architect of the Capitol employees commute by bike, forming a group that meets monthly to work on promoting cycling to fellow AOC employees.
September 29, 2014
Juan Sandoval and Jose Hernandez using a lewis to remove stones from Olmsted Terrace.
Addressing the stone pandemic across the Capitol campus takes a team of historic preservationists, structural engineers and stonemasons, among others.
September 22, 2014
Instagrammers in the Olmsted Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds
Early on this beautiful September morning, a group of Instagrammers came together to explore and celebrate the U.S. Capitol during our second InstaMeet.
September 16, 2014
Cara holding her chocolate tree.
With Sprouts at the U.S. Botanic Garden, children learn about the magical world of plants.


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