Russell Senate Office Build Subway Tunnel in 2003.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for the operation and...


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 Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...


Juan Sandoval and Jose Hernandez using a lewis to remove stones from Olmsted Terrace.
Addressing the stone pandemic across the Capitol campus takes a team of...

Our Blog

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

Seeing Through Concrete

Posted by R.C. "Skip" Vaughn on July 8, 2015

Ground penetrating radar drawing.
The Cannon Renewal team is using ground penetrating radar to help workers see what's inside the concrete of the Cannon Building.

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The Candy Desk

Posted by Sharon Gang on June 30, 2015

The yellow desk in location #80 is the "Candy Desk."
Few traditions associated with Senate furniture are as intriguing as the "candy desk" on the floor of the Senate.

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Capitol Rotunda Restoration

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on June 26, 2015

Water infiltration has led to leaking and staining in the Rotunda.
The restoration of the Rotunda will ensure this hallowed space will be enjoyed by generations of visitors, staff and members of Congress for years to come.

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History with a Side of Mystery: the Rotunda Benches

Posted by Sharon Gang on June 4, 2015

Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.

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Doing Good: Investing in the Next Generation

Posted by Erin Nelson on May 13, 2015

The AOC partners with the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in northeast Washington, D.C.
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.

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AOC's TLC Keeps Historic Furniture Looking New

Posted by Sharon Gang on May 5, 2015

Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch employee.
The Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch gives hands-on attention to help blend vintage and new into a cohesive collection.

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