Old Senate Chamber designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, this room was home to the U.S. Senate from 1819 until 1859 and later to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1860-1935.
Located north of the Capitol Rotunda is the richly decorated Old Senate...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
A few ideas to help you in planning a visit to Capitol Hill.


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


Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the...

Blog Posts Categorized 'About AOC'

Selecting the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted by Ted Bechtol on October 28, 2015

Chugach National Forest in Alaska
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."

Read More

Papal Preparation Takes Teamwork

Posted by Erin Courtney on October 14, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
Multiple jurisdictions worked together to prepare for Pope Francis' historic arrival at the U.S. Capitol last month, treating it much like a rehearsal for the next presidential inauguration.

Read More

Capitol Reflections: ADA and the Visitor Experience

Posted by Laura Condeluci on July 29, 2015

Capitol Visitor Center rendering of south entrance.
Accessibility was a key component of the design of the Capitol Visitor Center, and we are proud to welcome visitors from all over the United States and the world.

Read More

Capitol Reflections: ADA and Historic Buildings

Posted by Laura Condeluci on July 28, 2015

Pickford Theater in the Madison Building.
Find out how our architects work the ADA into historic buildings on the Capitol Campus, given they were built before accessibility needs were recognized.

Read More

Capitol Reflections: ADA and Life Safety

Posted by Laura Condeluci on July 26, 2015

AOC Fire Safety team testing the smoke detectors.
A look back at how life safety relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act and what has changed on the Capitol Campus over the past 25 years.

Read More

CVC Guides Help Visitor "See" the Old...

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 23, 2015

Tray full of artifacts associated with the space.
When Visitor Guide John Claya encountered a guest with a visual disability near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, he used a creative tool to help her "see" the room.

Read More

Designing with ADA in Mind

Posted by Nancy Skinkle on July 22, 2015

Accessible ramp at Senate Parks near the Senate Underground Garage.
The AOC's Facilities Planning and Programming Division incorporates seemingly small improvements into the design of our facilities and their outside environments, helping not only those with disabilities, but each one of us.

Read More

A Garden for Everyone

Posted by Maura Nelson on July 16, 2015

Photo of a Roots and Reflections tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.

Read More

Mobility Assistance: There When You Need It!

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 13, 2015

One of the Architect of the Capitol's new on-demand shuttle vehicles for the Capitol Visitor Center.
The Capitol Visitor Center provides many accessibility services from shuttles, ramps and escalators to touchable objects and open captioning.

Read More

Doing Good: Investing in the Next Generation

Posted by Erin Nelson on May 13, 2015

The AOC partners with the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in northeast Washington, D.C.
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.

Read More


Printer-friendly version