The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping hillside of the West Front lawn on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building, has offered rest and shelter to travelers for over a century.
The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping...


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...


Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.
Last week, I had an opportunity to travel to the foundry in Salt Lake City and...

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A Most Magnificent Ruin: The Burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812

Posted by AOC Curator Office on August 22, 2012

Drawing of the U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, George Munger, 1814
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (present-day Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., in August 1814, to set fire to much of the city. Follow the path the British took to burn the U.S. Capitol and learn more about the damage done to this historic building.

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Meeting a Capitol Artist

Posted by Sharon Gang on August 14, 2012

Jimilu Morgan presents the completed bust of Constantino Brumidi to then Vice President Hubert Humphrey - 1968
Sharon Gang, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, describes her experience meeting Jimilu Mason, an American artist with works on display at the U.S. Capitol building.

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AOC Trailblazer: Georgia Shaw

Posted by Kristen Frederick on July 12, 2012

Georgia Shaw working as an AOC draftsman
Georgia Shaw was the first woman hired by the AOC as a draftsman, leading to a fulfilling 29-year career with the agency. After Georgia passed, her daughter honored her mother’s legacy by including the AOC’s logo on the memorial plaque that marks her grave.

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Doing Good: Riding & Raising for Research and Treatment

Posted by Kristen Frederick on June 8, 2012

Architect of the Capitol's Franklin Bradley with his bike helmet on in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
AOC's Internal Communications Manager finds a way to make a meaningful difference through an annual bike-a-thon supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Discovering the Joys of Teaching — and Learning

Posted by Kristen Frederick on May 17, 2012

AOC's Theon Parker teaches students about electrical circuits at Phelps ACE High School.
Courses taught by AOC employees help communicate business culture and expectations, as well as important skills they can apply to future educational and occupational pursuits.

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Doing Good: Employees Give of Themselves

Posted by Kristen Frederick on March 4, 2012

AOC's Kevin Mulshine is proud to help others by being a blood donor.
While most people can be blood donors, only five percent of the eligible population actually donates — making AOC's Kevin and Gloria true heroes, even if they don't consider their efforts extraordinary.

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