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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
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Around the Clocks

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on December 31, 2015

The clock above the door on the east side of the Capitol Rotunda.
All eyes are on the clocks as we countdown on New Years Eve. These clocks around the Capitol campus also get plenty of attention throughout the rest of the year.

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2015 Year in Review

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on December 18, 2015

2015 Year in Review
This year has been one of many great moments at the Architect of the Capitol and on Capitol Hill. As 2015 comes to a close, relive some of the highlights through our photos.

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Northern Lights Twinkle on the West Front Lawn

Posted by Erin Courtney on December 2, 2015

First official photo of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree.
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.

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Selecting the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted by Ted Bechtol on October 28, 2015

Chugach National Forest in Alaska
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."

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Monuments Men Return to Inspire on Capitol Hill

Posted by Franklin Bradley on October 22, 2015

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 Monuments Men. Here, we highlight just a few of these heroes with their accomplishments seen on Capitol Hill, from the outside of the buildings to the rooms and artwork within.

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Papal Preparation Takes Teamwork

Posted by Erin Courtney on October 14, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
Multiple jurisdictions worked together to prepare for Pope Francis' historic arrival at the U.S. Capitol last month, treating it much like a rehearsal for the next presidential inauguration.

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