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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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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Restoring Grant's Glory

Posted by Laura Condeluci on April 27, 2015

Up close photo of Memorial with Grant on a horse.
Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.

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Bringing Cannon Back to the Future

Posted by Sarah Bublitz on April 21, 2015

Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building.

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The Lincoln Catafalque in the U.S. Capitol

Posted by Barbara Wolanin on April 15, 2015

President Lincoln's funeral procession.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details the days he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.

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