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The U.S. Capitol Rotunda is a large, domed, circular room located 96 feet in diameter and 180 feet in height located in the center of the United States Capitol on the second floor.
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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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Anne Frank Tree and marker planted in the ground in front of the Capitol
Anne Frank Tree on Capitol Grounds

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Supporting the State of the Union

Posted by Stephen T. Ayers on February 8, 2013

State of the Union on January 24, 2012
Every winter, Congress has the honor of welcoming the President of the United States to the U.S. Capitol for the annual State of the Union Address. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the AOC's role in support this momentous event.

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Meeting Jason Baltimore

Posted by Kristen Frederick on February 4, 2013

AOC General Counsel Jason Baltimore standing next to a tour of people
Kristen Frederick, AOC congressional liaison, sits down with Jason Baltimore, AOC’s first African American general counsel, to discuss what brought him to the Architect of the Capitol and what opportunities lie ahead for him in his new role.

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The Liberty Cap in the Art of the U.S. Capitol

Posted by AOC Curator Office on January 29, 2013

The figure of Liberty in the Apotheosis of George Washington is depicted wearing a Liberty Cap
The liberty cap was the symbol of freedom and liberty commonly used in the 19th century and is seen in many places in the United States Capitol.

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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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