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In Emanuel Leutze’s mural, a group of pioneers and their train of covered wagons are pictured at the continental divide, looking towards the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. The border depicts vignettes of exploration and frontier mythology. Beneath the central composition is a panoramic view of their destination “Golden Gate,” in San Francisco Bay.
Emanuel Leutze’s mural celebrates the western expansion of the United States....

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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
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Beth Burrous, Biochemist and USBG Volunteers having a discussion inside a greenhouse
Learn about the science behind the headlines and food labels at the U.S Botanic...

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Windows of Capitol Hill

Posted by Stephen T. Ayers on January 22, 2013

The AOC is responsible for nearly 600,000 square feet of windows
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the almost 600,000 square feet of windows – of all different shapes, size and age – cared for by the AOC.

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Capturing the Seasons

Posted by Chuck Badal on January 15, 2013

Photo of Capitol covered in snow
AOC Photographer Chuck Badal gives a behind the scenes look at how some of his favorite photos of the Capitol were captured — from the roof of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.

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AOC Achieves Annual Energy Reduction Goals

Posted by Alesia Call on January 7, 2013

Reduction in Energy Consumption FY 2007-2012 Graphic
The Architect of the Capitol's Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Division is pleased to report that the AOC achieved and exceeded our annual energy reduction goal for FY 2012! This year’s goal was 21 percent and the AOC reduced its energy consumption by 22 percent. Our FY 2012 results avoided $2.7 million in utility expenses.

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Year in Pictures 2012

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on December 21, 2012

U.S. Capitol Dome and Shuttle Discovery flying by
Capitol Hill 2012 in pictures - from the memorable, to the beautiful, to the solemn.

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A Legacy of Service

Posted by Sharon Gang on December 17, 2012

AOC's Sharon Gang and Senator Daniel K. Akaka
Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on her first job on Capitol Hill, and how the lessons learned there stick with her to this day.

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Deciphering the Calendar Stone in the Capitol Rotunda

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on December 12, 2012

Scene "Cortez and Montezuma at Mexican Temple" from the Frieze of American History in the Capitol Rotunda
AOC's Matt Guilfoyle investigates the myth of the Mayan Calendar at the U.S. Capitol.

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