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When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall...
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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.
Senate Park Fountain
April 12, 2017
The Senate fountain, nestled between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, operated for the first time in 1932 and is designed with many unique features.More »
The deburring tool used to remove sharp edges from sheet metal.
August 9, 2017
This small and seemingly simple tool reduces injuries by saving hands, which is why we give it two thumbs up as a cool tool.More »
September 28, 2016
We have made some interesting discoveries about the details of the sculptures and the sources of some of the depicted figures; we discovered and solved a few puzzles, and we also came across a few mysteries that we're still working on (and we'd welcome your help!).More »
James Madison Memorial Building
April 5, 2017
A look back at the founding of the James Madison Memorial Building.More »
July 18, 2016
When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall, viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.More »
The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at Dusk
March 12, 2013
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.More »
The gilded Torch of Knowledge above the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
July 12, 2017
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers reflects on precious metals and their use in decorative elements of the Thomas Jefferson Building.More »
AOC employee working on touching up columns in Statuary Hall
May 20, 2014
Next time you're in Statuary Hall on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the House Chamber, look closely.More »
L'Enfant’s vision for the City of Washington.
June 10, 2013
From the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to the Zoning Commission — the Architect of the Capitol, both individually and organizationally, has many roles that extend well beyond what most might expect.More »
Aerial view of the Capitol campus.
March 8, 2017
What were the driving factors of our Deputy Facility Manager's career as an engineer? It started from a love of riding roller coasters.More »
Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
June 4, 2015
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.More »
The hanging of the Capitol Christmas Tree lights is the job of the Architect of the Capitol Capitol Grounds Division.
November 17, 2011
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the Capitol. Find out how we work around the clock from tree selection to arrival, decoration and lighting.More »
December 15, 2016
Time has taken its toll on the Capitol's stone, but our preservation effort will restore even the finer details, hand-carved by artisans.More »
A skylight allows natural light to fill the hallway once occupied by a courtyard at the U.S. Capitol.
July 19, 2017
A look back at the transformation of the U.S. Capitol courtyards.More »
Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol’s Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill.
May 8, 2014
Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol’s Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill.More »

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