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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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Associate architects from DeWitt, Poor, Swanke, Shelton & Almond selecting materials for exterior of Library of Congress Madison Building.
Today, a Congressional Gold Medal will be presented in recognition of the...
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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.
Capitol Visitor Center architecture that borrows from historic Capitol Building architecture.
October 11, 2017
The Architect of the Capitol believes that, when making additions to historic buildings, we are not to copy or try to match the historic building, but rather we are to differentiate the new features so we don't create a false sense of history.More »
April 27, 2015
Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.More »
2017 War Gardens
November 15, 2017
To mark the centennial of the U.S. entering World War I, Library Buildings and Grounds staff recreated period-appropriate "War Gardens."More »
The yellow desk in location #80 is the "Candy Desk."
June 30, 2015
Few traditions associated with Senate furniture are as intriguing as the "candy desk" on the floor of the Senate.More »
A view of the renovated Bartholdi Park.
October 25, 2017
An in-depth summary of the recent Bartholdi Park renovation.More »
Preparation for spring on Capitol grounds.
March 29, 2017
Spring is the season of new beginnings when the Earth seems to come to life again. But it is the year-round planning, preparation and hard work of the Capitol Grounds team that ensures buds bloom, vibrant colors delight and fragrant flowers excite the senses on Capitol Hill.More »
The AOC partners with the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in northeast Washington, D.C.
May 13, 2015
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.More »
Anne Frank Tree and marker planted in the ground in front of the Capitol
July 21, 2014
One of Anne's few connections to the outside world while hiding in the secret annex was a nearby white chestnut tree which she could see from the attic window. More »
Squirrels on the Capitol Grounds
April 11, 2013
When walking across the Capitol Grounds there is one critter that can consistently be seen out and about – the squirrel. When did squirrels first come to Washington, D.C. and how did they end up here? Archivist Andria Leo took a look through AOC’s historical records to investigate the history of the squirrel at the Capitol. More »
Juan Sandoval and Jose Hernandez using a lewis to remove stones from Olmsted Terrace.
September 29, 2014
Addressing the stone pandemic across the Capitol campus takes a team of historic preservationists, structural engineers and stonemasons, among others. More »
The marble plaza of the Supreme Court Building.
April 7, 2016
We care for more than 20 water features across the Capitol campus. How many can you name?More »
AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
January 7, 2016
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.More »
Bill from the Lawn Cycle Stand Manufacturing Co. to the Architect of the Capitol
July 31, 2013
Parking in Washington, D.C. has always been a challenge, but did you know they have been working to accommodate commuters on Capitol Hill for more than a century? More »
April 29, 2016
Celebrated annually on the last Friday in April, National Arbor Day highlights the importance of trees, their planting and their care. Architect of the Capitol employees are involved in comprehensive tree care on this day, and every day throughout the year.More »
The lunette "Telegraph" by Brumidi in the now Lyndon B. Johnson Room, S-211.
November 20, 2017
Various locations where the cornucopia, a traditional symbol of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, appears in the U.S. Capitol.More »

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