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

Constructing the Capitol: The Oven

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 18, 2013

Early House of Representatives Chamber (artist representation)
Too hot or too cold – there is no pleasing everyone when it comes to the right temperature in the office. But while today the AOC provides a climate-controlled environment to the buildings of Capitol Hill, 212 years ago this wasn’t the case.

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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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