A crowd of visitors walking through the Capitol Visitor Center.
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center provides a welcoming and educational...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
A few ideas to help you in planning a visit to Capitol Hill.


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


Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch employee.
The Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch gives hands-on...

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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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Monuments Man Creates Monumental Statue

Posted by Franklin Bradley on February 7, 2014

Model of James Madison statue, with sculptor Walker Hancock.
When AOC's Franklin Bradley recently learned that one of the lead characters in the upcoming "Monuments Men" movie, portrayed by John Goodman, was inspired by Walker K. Hancock, an artist who contributed many works of art to the U.S. Capitol, he decided to dig deeper in to this monument man's history.

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