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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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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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Statue of John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr.
Visitors to the Capitol are often drawn to the "big ticket" items,...
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Exploring Orchid Diversity

By Devin Dotson

Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent and many other aspects.

Orchid Show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
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 »
Black and white photo of Genius of America pediment.
September 1, 2016
A variety of letters and numbers appear on buildings or in art work on Capitol Hill.More »
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 »
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 »
AOC Fire Safety team testing the smoke detectors.
July 26, 2015
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.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 »
April 12, 2016
The Senate Jurisdiction's emphasis on energy-efficient lighting was integral to meeting our agency-wide energy reduction goal.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 »
2015 Year in Review
December 18, 2015
This year has been one of many great moments at the Architect of the Capitol and on Capitol Hill. As 2015 comes to a close, relive some of the highlights through our photos.More »
Instagrammers in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol
December 17, 2013
On a rainy December Saturday a group of Instagrammers joined us at the U.S. Capitol to tour the building and chat with an Architect of the Capitol photographer. Despite the weather it was a great event and we look forward to hosting more in the future!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 »
Bartholdi Fountain, 40mm, 200 ISO, f/14, 5 seconds
November 26, 2012
Each month AOC’s photography branch will break down an iconic photo of Capitol Hill and share tips and tricks for snapping beautiful images at the Capitol. This month AOC photographer Susanne Bledsoe walks us through a shot of Bartholdi Fountain in Bartholdi Park on the Capitol Grounds.More »
Accessible ramp at Senate Parks near the Senate Underground Garage.
July 22, 2015
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.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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