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A view of The vaulted, ornately decorated corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing in the U.S. Capitol Building are called the Brumidi Corridors in honor of Constantino Brumidi, the Italian artist who designed the murals and the major elements.
The vaulted, ornately decorated corridors on the first floor of the Senate...

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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 Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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Ginseng, the Divine Root.
Learn about ginseng from author David A. Taylor on September 26 at noon.

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  • Up close photo of Memorial with Grant on a horse.

    Restoring Grant's Glory

    By: Laura Condeluci

    Categories: Buildings & Grounds, Projects

    Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.

    April 27, 2015

  • Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.

    Bringing Cannon Back to the Future

    By: Sarah Bublitz

    Categories: Buildings & Grounds, Projects

    High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building.

    April 21, 2015

  • President Lincoln's funeral procession.

    The Lincoln Catafalque in the U.S. Capitol

    By: Barbara Wolanin

    Categories: History

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details the days he lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.

    April 15, 2015

  • Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.

    Expert Metalwork Revealed in Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome

    By: Joe Abriatis

    Categories: Projects

    Last week, I had an opportunity to travel to the foundry in Salt Lake City and see firsthand how the work to re-create decorative ornaments on the Dome is done.

    April 10, 2015

Behind the Scrim: An Inside Look at the Supreme Court Restoration

Posted by Lori Taylor on March 26, 2013

The scaffold for the Supreme Court's restoration is wrapped in a scrim enclosure printed with a full-size photograph of the building’s façade.
Take a look behind the scrim at the restoration work underway on the U.S. Supreme Court Building's West Front façade to address deterioration due to age, weather and nature. Take a look behind the scrim at the work.

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A Cornerstone of American History

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on March 18, 2013

The quarry at Government Island provided sandstone for the construction of the White House and the U.S. Capitol building.
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle walks in the footsteps of the masons and laborers who worked the quarry at Government Island in Aquia, Virginia, to gather stone for the U.S. Capitol more than 200 years ago.

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Capitol Illumination

Posted by Franklin Bradley on March 12, 2013

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at Dusk
The AOC works to make the Capitol Dome, an enduring symbol of democracy recognized throughout the world, visible to all throughout the night. Learn about this history of the lighting of this iconic building.

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How the Crypt Got its Name

Posted by AOC Curator Office on March 4, 2013

The Capitol Crypt, which now houses statuary and exhibitions, was once used as an informal storage space where bicycles were parked, seen here circa 1900.
The term “crypt” has long referred to a space beneath the main floor of a church or a chamber in a mausoleum. For many of us it suggests somber, stony silence and perhaps dusty coffins. The Capitol Crypt, however, is a different thing altogether.

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U.S. Botanic Garden's Understory: Photographs of Jackie Bailey Labovitz

Posted by Ray Mims on February 26, 2013

Trout Lily in the U.S. Botanic Garden
The U.S. Botanic Garden’s Conservation & Sustainability Horticulturist, Ray Mims, takes a look at the importance of spring ephemerals, which are featured in the Garden’s current exhibit, Understory, on display now through October 14, 2013.

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America’s Greatest Engineer?

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on February 20, 2013

Construction of Capitol extensions
Montgomery Meigs – a man who built the Capitol while helping save the Union it represents - may be America’s greatest engineer.

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