The Hart Senate Office Building is the third office structure designed and built to serve the United States Senate.
The Hart Senate Office Building is the third office structure designed and...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
A few ideas to help you in planning a visit to Capitol Hill.


Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...


Image of the Official Program for the Woman Suffrage Procession, Washington, D.C., on March 3, 1913.
This special exhibit at the Capitol Visitor Center is on display now through...

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Read a blog about the art, architecture and work on the Capitol Hill written by AOC's experts.

Designing with ADA in Mind

Posted by Nancy Skinkle on July 22, 2015

Accessible ramp at Senate Parks near the Senate Underground Garage.
The AOC's Facilities Planning and Programming Division incorporates seemingly small improvements into the design of our facilities and their outside environments, helping not only those with disabilities, but each one of us.

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A Garden for Everyone

Posted by Maura Nelson on July 16, 2015

Photo of a Roots and Reflections tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.

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Mobility Assistance: There When You Need It!

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 13, 2015

One of the Architect of the Capitol's new on-demand shuttle vehicles for the Capitol Visitor Center.
The Capitol Visitor Center provides many accessibility services from shuttles, ramps and escalators to touchable objects and open captioning.

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Seeing Through Concrete

Posted by R.C. "Skip" Vaughn on July 8, 2015

Ground penetrating radar drawing.
The Cannon Renewal team is using ground penetrating radar to help workers see what's inside the concrete of the Cannon Building.

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The Candy Desk

Posted by Sharon Gang on June 30, 2015

The yellow desk in location #80 is the "Candy Desk."
Few traditions associated with Senate furniture are as intriguing as the "candy desk" on the floor of the Senate.

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Capitol Rotunda Restoration

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 26, 2015

Water infiltration has led to leaking and staining in the Rotunda.
The restoration of the Rotunda will ensure this hallowed space will be enjoyed by generations of visitors, staff and members of Congress for years to come.

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