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Surrender of Lord Cornwallis
The painting Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull is on display in the...

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Prohibited Items at the U.S. Capitol Building
In order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to preserve the...

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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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The Capitol at night.
Maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. This work is not...

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Blog Posts By 'Stephen T. Ayers'

October 22
By: Stephen T. Ayers
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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.
July 23
By: Stephen T. Ayers
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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.
February 08
By: Stephen T. Ayers
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State of the Union - Jauary 24, 2012
Every winter, Congress has the honor of welcoming the President of the United States to the U.S. Capitol for the annual State of the Union Address. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects...
January 22
By: Stephen T. Ayers
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The AOC is responsible for nearly 600,000 square feet of windows
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the almost 600,000 square feet of windows – of all different shapes, size and age – cared for by the AOC.
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