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The sun shining on the Ionic Columns on the Longworth House Office Building.
The Ionic column is typically identified by its capital, which includes large...

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

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Beth Burrous, biochemist and USBG volunteer.
Join this walking tour highlighting African plants that are used to make...

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Meet the Carillonneur of the Capitol

Posted by Erin Nelson on May 8, 2014

Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol’s Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill.
Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol’s Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill.

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AOC Employee Gives Back to the Community

Posted by Erin Nelson on April 21, 2014

Photo of AOC's Buddy Paddy by the sign for Champ House.
This AOC Tree Surgeon spends his days caring for the trees on Capitol Grounds and his evenings are spent in much the same way, helping others in hopes of seeing them live longer, healthier lives.

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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.
Investigate 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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