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The Old Supreme Court Chamber is the first room constructed for the use of the nation's highest judiciary body and was used by the Court from 1810 until 1860. Built by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, it was a significant architectural achievement, for the size and structure of its vaulted, semicircular ceiling were virtually unprecedented in the United States.
The Old Supreme Court Chamber is the first room constructed for the use of the...

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

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Photo of Citrus sinesis.
On February 28 at 2 p.m., explore the fascinating chemistry of oranges and...

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Teaming Up for Accessibility

Posted by Kristen Frederick on June 17, 2013

AOC employees plan renovations to Representative Tammy Duckworth's Office
A team of tradecrafts experts at the AOC transform an office into a completely wheelchair-accessible suite in less than four weeks.

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The Many Hats of the AOC from A to Z

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 10, 2013

L'Enfant’s vision for the City of Washington.
From the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to the Zoning Commission — the Architect of the Capitol, both individually and organizationally, has many roles that extend well beyond what most might expect.

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Inspired by the Past, Preserving for the Future

Posted by Lori Taylor on June 7, 2013

Screenshot from the video.
Meet the AOC's decorative painters at the Library of Congress who work to preserve the ornate designs of one of the world's most beautiful buildings. Go behind the scenes to see the techniques used to keep the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building looking as striking as it did when it first opened in 1897.

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Beyond the Dome – Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center

Posted by Erin Nelson on June 3, 2013

Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
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.

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Moving Offices. Improving Lives.

Posted by Franklin Bradley on May 23, 2013

Melvin Wells has applied what they learned at SOME to excel at AOC.
AOC's partnership with So Others Might Eat (SOME) helps "empower people out of homelessness and poverty" with their Center for Employment Training.

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A "Slight" Capitol Contribution

Posted by Kristen Frederick on May 13, 2013

The United States Capitol in 1846, with its original dome designed by Charles Bulfinch
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.

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