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Leave No Stone Unrestored

By Justin Kieffer

Stone preservation will continue to be a priority of the AOC as the best way to maintain the buildings across the Capitol campus is to constantly monitor them.

Condition of the stone on the Russell Building pre-restoration.
The Capitol Dome at night, as seen behind one of the East Front Olmsted fountains.
October 18, 2012
The AOC masons get the Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even wake.More »
Cherry Blossoms at the Senate Parks on the Capitol Grounds
April 8, 2013
Spring in Washington, D.C. is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation’s Capitol; it is also the busiest. Learn about five beautiful, and less known spots to enjoy the warm weather on the Capitol Grounds.More »
Cenotaphs at the Congressional Cemetery. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.
October 31, 2013
Visit Congressional Cemetery and discover the many connections the Architect of the Capitol has to this hallowed ground.More »
March 1, 2016
The lion, with its prominent mane, is a popular symbol in art and architecture on the Capitol campus.More »
First official photo of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree.
December 2, 2015
The mild and misty December air crackled with excitement as the Architect of the Capitol, members of Congress, congressional staff, Capitol Hill neighbors and tourists gathered on the West Front Lawn for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
AOC working cleaning the National Garden
May 12, 2014
Conceived as an outdoor laboratory for gardening in harmony with natural ecosystems, the National Garden opened to the public on October 1, 2006.More »
July 9, 2013
“We deal with a lot of history.” No, those aren’t the words of the AOC’s Curator office. It’s Ron Bailey, shop supervisor of the Library Buildings and Grounds Elevator Division, who runs some of the oldest elevator systems on Capitol Hill, the oldest of which date back to the 1930s. More »
Russell Jones of the AOC Construction Division demonstrates a cool tool for applying grout to the Olmsted wall.
December 1, 2016
A special tool helps our stone masons repair and replace the mortar in the low stone walls lining Capitol Square.More »
The Capitol Christmas Tree in 2013
December 3, 2013
The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be lit from night fall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2014.More »
Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
June 3, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region. One such facility is the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, located 80 miles away from the Capitol in Culpeper, Virginia. I recently had the privilege to peak inside this fascinating facility.More »
June 17, 2016
The U.S. Capitol Building Sheet Metal Shop has introduced a new auto brake machine which offers an unprecedented capacity to bend metal that is integral to the many renowned projects around the U.S. Capitol.More »
Georgia Shaw working as an AOC draftsman
July 12, 2012
Georgia Shaw was the first woman hired by the AOC as a draftsman, leading to a fulfilling 29-year career with the agency. After Georgia passed, her daughter honored her mother’s legacy by including the AOC’s logo on the memorial plaque that marks her grave.More »
Fire safety in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
January 30, 2016
Modern technology enables the AOC to take precautions and prevent potentially harmful fires from ravaging our nation's treasures.More »
The quarry at Government Island provided sandstone for the construction of the White House and the U.S. Capitol building.
March 18, 2013
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle walks in the footsteps of the masons and laborers who worked the quarry at Government Island in Aquia, Virginia, to gather stone for the U.S. Capitol more than 200 years ago. More »
The U.S. Capitol can be seen over the wetlands area of the National Garden.
June 21, 2016
Opened to the public on October 1, 2006, the National Garden is a key element of the USBG, along with the Conservatory and Bartholdi Park.More »

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