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The bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford is the crowning feature of the Dome of the United States Capitol.
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Visitor Guide Gives Tour of Rotunda
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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Photo of Dr. Michael Balick, Vice President and Director, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden
On January 31 at noon, learn about plants used in traditional healing by...

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  • Up close photo of Memorial with Grant on a horse.

    Restoring Grant's Glory

    By: Laura Condeluci

    Categories: Buildings & Grounds, Projects

    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.

    April 27, 2015

  • Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.

    Bringing Cannon Back to the Future

    By: Sarah Bublitz

    Categories: Buildings & Grounds, Projects

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

    April 21, 2015

  • President Lincoln's funeral procession.

    The Lincoln Catafalque in the U.S. Capitol

    By: Barbara Wolanin

    Categories: History

    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.

    April 15, 2015

  • Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.

    Expert Metalwork Revealed in Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome

    By: Joe Abriatis

    Categories: Projects

    Last week, I had an opportunity to travel to the foundry in Salt Lake City and see firsthand how the work to re-create decorative ornaments on the Dome is done.

    April 10, 2015

Saving Energy, Preserving History

Posted by Alesia Call on April 1, 2014

West Front of Capitol in March with blue skies and clouds
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.

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From Concept to Creation: AOC’s role in New Statues at the Capitol

Posted by Barbara Wolanin on March 24, 2014

National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol lined with marble statues and columns
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the care and preservation of the artwork in the U.S. Capitol, but our role extends even further. AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details her involvement in evaluating and advising on new statues and busts before they even enter the Capitol.

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Inspiration from History

Posted by Sharon Gang on March 19, 2014

Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
Ivestigate the meaning behind the Car of History Clock in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

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Fast Forward to Spring at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Posted by Lori Taylor on February 25, 2014

Orchid Symphony is on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden through April 27, 2014
Escape the winter weather and experience the blooms evoking spring in the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) at the Orchid Symphony exhibition.

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Monuments Man Creates Monumental Statue

Posted by Franklin Bradley on February 7, 2014

Model of James Madison statue, with sculptor Walker Hancock.
When AOC's Franklin Bradley recently learned that one of the lead characters in the upcoming "Monuments Men" movie, portrayed by John Goodman, was inspired by Walker K. Hancock, an artist who contributed many works of art to the U.S. Capitol, he decided to dig deeper in to this monument man's history.

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Grazing the Capitol Grounds

Posted by Andria Leo on February 3, 2014

Sheep on the White House lawn, taken between 1916-1919. Image courtesy Library of Congress
The Capitol Grounds have long been a haven for wildlife, with residents ranging from squirrels to red-tailed hawks to a red fox. But sheep? If it had been left up to one Virginia farmer more than 90 years ago, flocks of sheep might be spotted grazing on the grounds today.

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