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Bartholdi Fountain and Park
Bartholdi Park serves as a home landscape demonstration garden and showcases...

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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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Dr. William Thornton
 The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Early House of Representatives Chamber (artist representation)
Too hot or too cold – there is no pleasing everyone when it comes to the right...

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Blog Posts By 'Franklin Bradley'

February 07
By: Franklin Bradley
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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...
March 12
By: Franklin Bradley
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East Front of the U.S. Capitol
The AOC works to make the Capitol Dome, an enduring symbol of democracy recognized throughout the world, visible to all throughout the night. Learn about this history of the lighting of this iconic...
September 25
By: Franklin Bradley
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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...