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Painting of meeting when Declaration of Independence was presented to the Second Continental Congress
This painting depicts the moment on June 28, 1776, when the first draft of the...

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Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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Photo of Capitol Hill steps.
Download a PDF of the full list.

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Exhibition Hall Talks in Honor of Black History Month 2014
Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall on the lower level of the U.S. Capitol...

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Recasting Missing Parts of the Grant Memorial

Posted by Michele Cohen on January 07, 2016

AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.

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Cannon Renewal Project: Best Practices In The Field

Posted by R.C. "Skip" Vaughn on October 09, 2015

Photo of a worker in front of the kiosk.
The Cannon Renewal team explores a new way of viewing drawings in the field, bringing a 21st-century approach to field coordination and quality control as a model for the future of construction.

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Seeing Through Concrete

Posted by R.C. "Skip" Vaughn on July 08, 2015

Ground penetrating radar drawing.
The Cannon Renewal team is using ground penetrating radar to help workers see what's inside the concrete of the Cannon Building.

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Capitol Rotunda Restoration

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 26, 2015

Water infiltration has led to leaking and staining in the Rotunda.
The restoration of the Rotunda will ensure this hallowed space will be enjoyed by generations of visitors, staff and members of Congress for years to come.

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Restoring Grant's Glory

Posted by Laura Condeluci on April 27, 2015

Up close photo of Memorial with Grant on a horse.
Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.

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Bringing Cannon Back to the Future

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on April 21, 2015

Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building.

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Expert Metalwork Revealed in Restoration of the U.S....

Posted by Joe Abriatis on April 10, 2015

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 see firsthand how the work to re-create decorative ornaments on the Dome is done.

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Crumbling Down and Building Up

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on 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.

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Saving the U.S. Capitol Dome

Posted by Stephen T. Ayers on October 22, 2013

View of the U.S. Capitol Dome with light in the windows
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, reflects on the AOC's effort to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome.

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Behind the Scrim: An Inside Look at the Supreme Court...

Posted by Lori Taylor on March 26, 2013

The scaffold for the Supreme Court's restoration is wrapped in a scrim enclosure printed with a full-size photograph of the building’s façade.
Take a look behind the scrim at the restoration work underway on the U.S. Supreme Court Building's West Front façade to address deterioration due to age, weather and nature. Take a look behind the scrim at the work.

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