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Members of the House of Representatives sit in unassigned armchairs arranged in a semicircle on tiered platforms that face the Speaker's rostrum. Behind the rostrum is a frontispiece with Ionic columns made of black Italian marble with white Alabama marble capitals. An American flag occupies the center and is flanked by two bronze faces. The chamber's lower walls are walnut paneled with intervening light grey Genevieve Sheldorado marble pilasters. A gallery for visitors and the press corps rings the chamber
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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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Photo of US Capitol Building made of plant materials.
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Year in Review: Top Blogs from 2013

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Missed some of our blogs this year?

Catch up on what's been happening at the Architect of the Capitol with a look at our top five blogs from 2013 below.

Black and white photo of the Capitol Crypt circa 1900

How the Crypt Got Its Name
The term "crypt" has long referred to a space beneath the main floor of a church or a chamber in a mausoleum. For many of us it suggests somber, stony silence and perhaps dusty coffins. The Capitol Crypt, however, is a different thing altogether.

Black and white photo of President Lincoln's second inauguration

More Historically Accurate: Lincoln or Vampire Hunter?
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle watches the movies "Lincoln" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"—and is surprised by which film more accurately depicts the U.S. Capitol.

Spring cherry blossoms in front of the Capitol

Top 5 Spots to Enjoy Spring on Capitol Grounds
One of the most popular springtime attractions in Washington, D.C., are the beautiful cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin, but did you know you can also see more than 100 cherry trees on the U.S. Capitol Grounds?

Image of the State of the Union in 2012

Supporting the State of the Union
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the AOC's role in supporting the annual State of the Union Address.

Black and white photograph of Montgomery C. Meigs

America's Greatest Engineer?
Learn more about Captain Montgomery C. Meigs – a man who built the Capitol while helping save the Union it represents, and may be America's greatest engineer.

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