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The Rosa Parks bronze statue weighs 600 pounds and the granite pedestal, partially hollowed out inside, weighs 2,100 pounds. The pedestal is made of Raven Black granite and inscribed simply with her name and life dates, “Rosa Parks/1913–2005.
On February 27, 2013, a statue of Rosa Parks commissioned by Congress was...

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

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

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The AOC is responsible for nearly 600,000 square feet of windows
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the almost 600,000 square...

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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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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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