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Then & Now: O'Neill House Office Building

By Erin Nelson

A brief history of the O'Neill Building.

Federal Office Building No. 8, now known as the O’Neill House Office Building, under original construction. Photo courtesy of the FDA.
Russell Senate Office Building 2010
May 13, 2010
To keep it in tip-top condition, the AOC spent some time studying the building's exterior in preparation to clean, repair and restore the exterior envelope of this historic Senate Office Building.More »
Trout Lily in the U.S. Botanic Garden
February 26, 2013
The U.S. Botanic Garden’s Conservation & Sustainability Horticulturist, Ray Mims, takes a look at the importance of spring ephemerals, which are featured in the Garden’s current exhibit, Understory, on display now through October 14, 2013. More »
Image of the Capitol Christmas Tree reflecting on the water in December 2013 at the U.S. Capitol
December 11, 2013
A look back on 2013 through some of our most popular pictures from Flickr and Instagram.More »
Photo of AOC's Buddy Paddy by the sign for Champ House.
April 21, 2014
This AOC Tree Surgeon spends his days caring for the trees on Capitol Grounds and his evenings are spent in much the same way, helping others in hopes of seeing them live longer, healthier lives.More »
2012 Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at U.S. Capitol
November 26, 2012
The Capitol Christmas tree has just arrived at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol! This year's tree is a 65-foot Engelmann spruce that came all the way from Colorado.More »
Construction of Capitol extensions
February 20, 2013
Montgomery Meigs – a man who built the Capitol while helping save the Union it represents - may be America’s greatest engineer. More »
AOC employees plan renovations to Representative Tammy Duckworth's Office
June 17, 2013
A team of tradecrafts experts at the AOC transform an office into a completely wheelchair-accessible suite in less than four weeks.More »
April 12, 2016
The Senate Jurisdiction's emphasis on energy-efficient lighting was integral to meeting our agency-wide energy reduction goal.More »
Phlox subulata flowers blooming
April 2, 2013
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden highlights plants currently in bloom at the U.S. Capitol.More »
Black and white portrait of Benjamin Brown French
November 6, 2013
Long before the advent of Twitter, Facebook and blogs – there were journals. 150 years ago this month saw one of the most transformative periods in the construction of the United States Capitol along with the historic address by Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. One individual captured these events both as a witness, and as participant, capturing first-hand details of moments that shaped history. More »
Photo of Capitol covered in snow
January 15, 2013
AOC Photographer Chuck Badal gives a behind the scenes look at how some of his favorite photos of the Capitol were captured — from the roof of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.More »
July 29, 2015
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.More »
Landing of Columbus fresco by Brumidi.
October 7, 2016
See how Columbus' 15th century journey was depicted by 19th century artists in art throughout the Capitol.More »
"Celebration of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, . . . April 19, 1866," wood engraving by Frank Dielman, Harper's Weekly, May 12, 1866
April 22, 2013
Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) explores the CVC’s new exhibit, Conflict and Compromise. More »
Cara holding her chocolate tree.
September 16, 2014
With Sprouts at the U.S. Botanic Garden, children learn about the magical world of plants.More »

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