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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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Calder's Mountains and Clouds sculpture without the clouds portion.
During the upcoming construction activity, the four clouds will be lowered to...
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Plenty to Be Thankful For

By Sarah Bublitz

Various locations where the cornucopia, a traditional symbol of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, appears in the U.S. Capitol.

The lunette "Telegraph" by Brumidi in the now Lyndon B. Johnson Room, S-211.
West Front of Capitol in March with blue skies and clouds
April 1, 2014
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.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 »
June 7, 2016
We are all an assembly of parts, pieces and life experiences, and we bring those experiences to the things we do every day.More »
July 7, 2016
Some of the most majestic and unmistakable trees on campus were planted during the Olmsted period.More »
The Capitol Dome in Fall 2012
October 24, 2012
Michael Dunn, AOC’s chief of photography, draws upon his 15 years of experience to share tips for photographing the Capitol Grounds in fall.More »
March 22, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.More »
Carving of a new rosette begun by a computerized numerical control (CNC) machine.
May 10, 2016
To answer this question, we travel to a brick building in Vienna, Virginia, where the hum of an industrial-sized machine is unmistakable. Littering the fenced-in courtyard of the building are massive slabs of stone of all shapes and colors.More »
Blue heron carved in stone at the focal point, the central fountain, in the perimeter wall surrounding Capitol Square.
March 15, 2017
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes his love of birds and their role in the focal point of Capitol Square's perimeter wall.More »
Model of James Madison statue, with sculptor Walker Hancock.
February 7, 2014
When AOC's Franklin Bradley recently learned that one of the lead characters in the upcoming "Monuments Men" movie, portrayed by John Goodman, was inspired by Walker K. Hancock, an artist who contributed many works of art to the U.S. Capitol, he decided to dig deeper in to this monument man's history.More »
Epicatanthe Volcano Trick Orange Fire Orchid
December 21, 2016
Things don't slow down just because it's winter. See five reasons to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden this season, including tropical flowers like this Epicatanthe Volcano Trick Orange Fire orchid.More »
The AOC is responsible for nearly 600,000 square feet of windows
January 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the almost 600,000 square feet of windows – of all different shapes, size and age – cared for by the AOC.More »
The United States Capitol in 1846, with its original dome designed by Charles Bulfinch
May 13, 2013
Throughout the U.S. Capitol Building’s 220-year history, there have been many workers who have labored in obscurity, their names forever lost to the passage of time. Recently when I was researching the third Architect of the Capitol, Charles Bulfinch, I stumbled across a Capitol worker with an interesting (and largely forgotten) story.More »
Capitol Sunset November 2014
December 22, 2014
From February's heavy snowfall to October's blood moon eclipse, take a look back at some popular moments of 2014 through the AOC's Instagram and Flickr images.More »
April 5, 2016
By deploying this construction best practice, the Cannon Renewal Project will save a tremendous amount of natural resources, require less manpower and result in savings to the American taxpayer. More »
Early House of Representatives Chamber (artist representation)
June 18, 2013
Too hot or too cold – there is no pleasing everyone when it comes to the right temperature in the office. But while today the AOC provides a climate-controlled environment to the buildings of Capitol Hill, 212 years ago this wasn’t the case. More »

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