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Members of the House of Representatives sit in unassigned armchairs arranged in a semicircle on tiered platforms that face the Speaker's rostrum. Behind the rostrum is a frontispiece with Ionic columns made of black Italian marble with white Alabama marble capitals. An American flag occupies the center and is flanked by two bronze faces. The chamber's lower walls are walnut paneled with intervening light grey Genevieve Sheldorado marble pilasters. A gallery for visitors and the press corps rings the chamber
The House Chamber, also known as the "Hall of the House of Representatives,"...

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A virtual Map of Capitol Hill from above
View a map of the U.S. Capitol and other buildings and grounds cared for by the...

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Photo of Capitol Hill steps.
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Close up view of a Saccharum Officinarum plant
The U.S. Botanic Garden will highlight plants that impart flavor to sweet foods...

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Celebrating 150 Years of Freedom

Posted by Lori Taylor on December 2, 2013

Photo showing placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol December 2, 1863 as viewed from the west.
The Statue of Freedom was placed atop the Capitol Dome 150 years ago, effectively completing the Capitol Dome that we still see today.

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Instagram Meetup at U.S. Capitol

Posted by Lori Taylor on November 26, 2013

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Since one of the earliest known photographs of the U.S. Capitol in 1846, Washington, D.C., residents and visitors have been capturing images of this national icon, its art and its grounds.

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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives

Posted by Lori Taylor on November 25, 2013

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived Monday, November 25, on the U.S. Capitol Grounds follow along here as the tree arrives and AOC staff put it into position on the West Front of the Capitol.
The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived Monday, November 25, on the U.S. Capitol Grounds follow along here as the tree arrives and AOC staff put it into position on the West Front of the Capitol.

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Beyond the Dome – USBG Production Facility

Posted by Erin Nelson on November 12, 2013

The U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility full of plants
AOC's Erin Nelson ventures outside the U.S. Capitol to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden's Production Facility -- home to approximately 60,000 plants.

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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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