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This painting depicts Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach in the West Indies, newly landed from his flagship Santa Maria on October 12, 1492.
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A virtual Map of Capitol Hill from above
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Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
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Blog Posts Categorized 'About AOC'

Saving Energy, Preserving History

Posted by Alesia Call on April 01, 2014

West Front of Capitol in March with blue skies and clouds
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.

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From Concept to Creation: AOC’s role in New Statues at...

Posted by Barbara Wolanin on March 24, 2014

National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol lined with marble statues and columns
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the care and preservation of the artwork in the U.S. Capitol, but our role extends even further. AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details her involvement in evaluating and advising on new statues and busts before they even enter the Capitol.

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Year in Review: Top Blogs from 2013

Posted by Lori Taylor on December 23, 2013

Take a look back at some of our top stories from 2013.

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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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Beyond the Dome – Fort Meade

Posted by Erin Nelson on July 17, 2013

Warehouses in Fort Meade, Maryland store items such as statues that were once displayed on the East Front of the Capitol.
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including several off-site facilities in Fort Meade, Maryland. I recently had the chance to visit Fort Meade and view the unique collections that are housed there.

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Rising High – AOC's Elevator Mechanics

Posted by Lori Taylor on July 09, 2013

AOC Elevator Mechanics at the Library of Congress
“We deal with a lot of history.” No, those aren’t the words of the AOC’s Curator office. It’s Ron Bailey, shop supervisor of the Library Buildings and Grounds Elevator Division, who runs some of the oldest elevator systems on Capitol Hill, the oldest of which date back to the 1930s.

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Inspired by the Past, Preserving for the Future

Posted by Lori Taylor on June 07, 2013

Screenshot from the video.
Meet the AOC's decorative painters at the Library of Congress who work to preserve the ornate designs of one of the world's most beautiful buildings. Go behind the scenes to see the techniques used to keep the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building looking as striking as it did when it first opened in 1897.

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Beyond the Dome – Packard Campus of the National Audio...

Posted by Erin Nelson on June 03, 2013

Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region. One such facility is the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, located 80 miles away from the Capitol in Culpeper, Virginia. I recently had the privilege to peak inside this fascinating facility.

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Capitol Illumination

Posted by Franklin Bradley on March 12, 2013

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at Dusk
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 building.

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