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Black and white portrait of Constantino Brumidi holding an easel and paintbrushes.
Constantino Brumidi (1805–1880) is best known for the murals he painted in the...

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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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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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Screenshot from the U.S. Capitol rotunda mobile app.
​Knowing that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda would be closed to visitors to prepare...

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    The First Cornerstone

    Contemporary Masonic practice included the laying of an inscribed metal plate along with a cornerstone.

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    Montgomery C. Meigs

    Meigs's contributions to the Capitol were in engineering, management and photography.

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    History with a Side of Mystery: the Rotunda Benches

    The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.

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    Benjamin Brown French

    French was responsible for the care of all federal buildings in Washington, D.C. before the creation of the AOC.

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