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Outside view of the Longworth House Office Building with a clear blue sky in the background.
Completed in the spring of 1933, the Longworth House Office Building is the...

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A view of the Capitol Visitor Center lit up at night
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An AOC worker mowing the grass on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol
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Posted on October 29, 2014
Ted Bechtol, AOC Capitol Grounds Division
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.
February 14 By: Michael McDonald 0 Comments
Louise and Robert Pearl at the exact moment of their engagement in front of the Ford Building.
For 10 years, I have walked through the doors of the 3rd Street entrance to the Ford Building, never knowing that right outside those very same doors — 72 years ago — something happened that greatly...
February 08 By: Stephen T. Ayers 1 Comments
State of the Union on January 24, 2012
Every winter, Congress has the honor of welcoming the President of the United States to the U.S. Capitol for the annual State of the Union Address. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects...
February 04 By: Kristen Frederick 0 Comments
AOC General Counsel Jason Baltimore standing next to a tour of people
Kristen Frederick, AOC congressional liaison, sits down with Jason Baltimore, AOC’s first African American general counsel, to discuss what brought him to the Architect of the Capitol and what...
January 29 By: AOC Curator Office 0 Comments
The figure of Liberty in the Apotheosis of George Washington is depicted wearing a Liberty Cap
The liberty cap was the symbol of freedom and liberty commonly used in the 19th century and is seen in many places in the United States Capitol.
January 22 By: Stephen T. Ayers 0 Comments
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 feet of windows – of all different shapes, size and age – cared for by the AOC.
January 15 By: Chuck Badal 0 Comments
Photo of Capitol covered in snow
AOC Photographer Chuck Badal gives a behind the scenes look at how some of his favorite photos of the Capitol were captured — from the roof of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.

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