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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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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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East front of the Capitol.
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  • 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

  • Capitol Sunset November 2014

    A Few of 2014's Favorite Things

    By: Sarah Bublitz

    Categories: About AOC, Photography

    From February's heavy snowfall to October's blood moon eclipse, take a look back at some popular moments of 2014 through the AOC's Instagram and Flickr images.

    December 22, 2014

  • Ted Bechtol, AOC Capitol Grounds Division

    2014 Christmas Tree Selection

    By: Ted Bechtol

    Categories: About AOC, Buildings & Grounds, Events

    For two beautiful summer days in late July, I traveled around Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, to search for the perfect U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

    October 29, 2014

B.B. French – Blogger Extraordinaire

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on November 6, 2013

Black and white portrait of Benjamin Brown French
Long before the advent of Twitter, Facebook and blogs – there were journals. 150 years ago this month saw one of the most transformative periods in the construction of the United States Capitol along with the historic address by Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. One individual captured these events both as a witness, and as participant, capturing first-hand details of moments that shaped history.

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A Toadally Cool Object In Exhibition Hall

Posted by Karin Johnston on November 4, 2013

Toad Box on display at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Capitol Visitor Center Registrar Karin Johnston, takes an in depth look at one of her favorite artifacts currently on display in the Exhibition Hall exhibit, “Conflict and Compromise.”

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Unearthing Capitol Hill's Buried History

Posted by Kristen Frederick on October 31, 2013

Cenotaphs at the Congressional Cemetery. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.
This Halloween, Kristen Frederick, congressional liaison for the Architect of the Capitol, visited the Congressional Cemetery and discovered many connections the AOC has to this hallowed ground.

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Saving the U.S. Capitol Dome

Posted by Stephen T. Ayers on October 22, 2013

View of the U.S. Capitol Dome with light in the windows
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, reflects on the AOC's effort to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome.

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Solidago: Solid Gold for the Garden

Posted by Bill McLaughlin on October 21, 2013

Picture of Solidago Altissima outside in a field
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden, reflects on the beautiful goldenrod blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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Nature at the Capitol - The Statue of Freedom

Posted by AOC Curator Office on September 24, 2013

The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
This is the first in a series of occasional articles, written by the Architect of the Capitol’s Curator Office, about the use of nature in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. This week, they focus on the elements in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome.

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