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Declaration of Independence
This painting depicts the moment on June 28, 1776, when the first draft of the...

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Getting Here
Located at the center of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Building and other...

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East Front of the U.S. Capitol Building
AOC’s annual Performance and Accountability Report provides the results of the...

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East Front Plaza Repairs
AOC is making repairs to expansion joints on the East Front Plaza of the...

Foundations & Perspectives

Foundations & Perspectives

Caring for the National Garden

The Architect of the Capitol magazine, Foundations & Perspectives, highlights the talents of AOC employees that are working behind-the-scenes to ensure the Capitol Campus operates efficiently and effectively.

National Garden Highlights Regional Plants and Sustainable Practices

As Congress meets in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, a small group of AOC employees toil in the heat a few hundred yards away to help a living national treasure thrive in an urban center. This is the National Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
 

Meet the Carillonneur of the Capitol
Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol’s Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill. 

 

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