The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...


Due to its advanced age, the House of Representatives is in the early planning...

Architect's Notebook: A Washington Connection

By Stephen T. Ayers

Discover art with a special connection to Stephen Ayers' time serving as Architect of the Capitol.

A small bust of George Washington carved into the Car of History marble chariot.
November 7, 2016
Those dedicated to managing the operation of the 10-year, five-phased Cannon Renewal discuss the project and what leadership means to them.More »
The Superintendent of Capitol Grounds for Architect of the Capitol searches Payette National Forest to select the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree.
November 2, 2016
It can be hard to find a tree in the forest that meets all of the Capitol Christmas Tree criteria, but the Superintendent of Capitol Grounds has done it again.More »
Supermoon rises over the Statue of Freedom on evening of June 22, 2013.
October 21, 2016
Myths, mysteries and folklore about the historic building and its previous (we think) inhabitants.More »
Landing of Columbus fresco by Brumidi.
October 7, 2016
See how Columbus' 15th century journey was depicted by 19th century artists in art throughout the Capitol.More »
September 28, 2016
We have made some interesting discoveries about the details of the sculptures and the sources of some of the depicted figures; we discovered and solved a few puzzles, and we also came across a few mysteries that we're still working on (and we'd welcome your help!).More »
Black and white photo of Genius of America pediment.
September 1, 2016
A variety of letters and numbers appear on buildings or in art work on Capitol Hill.More »
Phlox paniculata at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
July 27, 2016
Just like us, plants need special care in the extreme heat. Following these tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden will help protect your plants during the hottest days of summer. More »
July 18, 2016
When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall, viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.More »
A garden gnome placed in an open "tiny" door in the U.S. Capitol.
July 14, 2016
Guesses for what is behind the Capitol Building's smallest doors are as varied as the architectural details that encompass the Capitol campus. The correct explanation for their existence involves Christmas Eve, the Library of Congress and engineer Montgomery Meigs.More »
July 11, 2016
With the recent Kennedy Center announcement that the award-winning musical "Hamilton" is coming to Washington, D.C., the options to explore and experience one of our Founding Fathers in our nation's capital has never been better.More »
July 7, 2016
Some of the most majestic and unmistakable trees on campus were planted during the Olmsted period.More »
Bright sun behind a silhouetted Capitol Dome and Statue of Freedom.
July 6, 2016
If you live, work or visit Capitol Hill, stay alert for signs that you, a colleague or a loved one is too hot.More »
AOC's John Lamberton, Assistant Supervisor, selects the proper copper pipe size for a job.
July 1, 2016
While the most frequent calls from building occupants are related to climate, being successful in this line of work is about more than overcoming hot and cold conditions.More »
The U.S. Capitol can be seen over the wetlands area of the National Garden.
June 21, 2016
Opened to the public on October 1, 2006, the National Garden is a key element of the USBG, along with the Conservatory and Bartholdi Park.More »
June 17, 2016
The U.S. Capitol Building Sheet Metal Shop has introduced a new auto brake machine which offers an unprecedented capacity to bend metal that is integral to the many renowned projects around the U.S. Capitol.More »


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