Howard Chandler Christy’s painting of the signing of the United States Constitution.
Howard Chandler Christy’s painting of the signing of the United States...



Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...


The hanging of the Capitol Christmas Tree lights is the job of the Architect of the Capitol Capitol Grounds Division.
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the...

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

Doing Good: Richard Edmonds

Posted by Erin Nelson on October 22, 2014

Food pantry photos courtesy of Richard Edmonds.
Edmonds hopes to leave behind a legacy that exemplifies how important it is to take time to recognize those in need and make a difference.

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AOC Employees ExCEL in New Programs

Posted by Erin Nelson on October 16, 2014

CVC Visitor Guide Julie Butler leads a group of visitors through National Statuary Hall.
The ExCEL Program provides opportunities for jurisdictions to work together and for employees to share their knowledge with fellow colleagues.

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AOC Moves the House Office Buildings Storerooms

Posted by Franklin Bradley on October 14, 2014

House Office Buildings laborers like Keith Quick carefully move thousands of boxes and other items among member storerooms every election year.
The House Office Buildings laborers continuously improve service delivery and efficiency, even if they have to face down a wolf to do it.

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Bells, Buzzers, Clicks and Clocks

Posted by Sharon Gang on October 2, 2014

The Flanagan clock with marble columns in the background
In a world where everyone carries a cell phone and some carry more than one, people still check the historic clocks on the Capitol campus for the time of day.

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AOC Bike Commuters: In Their Own Words

Posted by Kristen Frederick on October 1, 2014

Capitol view through bicycle spokes.
Quite a few Architect of the Capitol employees commute by bike, forming a group that meets monthly to work on promoting cycling to fellow AOC employees.

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Crumbling Down and Building Up

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on September 29, 2014

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 historic preservationists, structural engineers and stonemasons, among others.

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