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Old Senate Chamber designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, this room was home to the U.S. Senate from 1819 until 1859 and later to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1860-1935.
Located north of the Capitol Rotunda is the richly decorated Old Senate...

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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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Photo of Dr. Michael Balick, Vice President and Director, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden
On January 31 at noon, learn about plants used in traditional healing by...

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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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“We the People” - Constitution Week 2013

Posted by Sharon Gang on September 16, 2013

Photo showing the detail of "We the People"
This Constitution Week, AOC's Sharon Gang, communications & marketing manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on what the U.S. Constitution means to her.

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